Stuart Bennett Lecture on Bookbinding in the British Isles

An illustrated talk sponsored by The New England Chapter of The Guild of Book Workers and The Ticknor Society

Historical Bookbinding in the British Isles
By Stuart Bennett

Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30pm
North Bennet Street School


Stuart Bennett will bring his illustrated lecture on historical English bookbindings to the North Bennet Street School October 22, 2015. Bennett’s 2004 publication, *Trade Bookbinding in the British Isles 1660-1800*, examined booksellers’ and bookbinders’ records as well as thousands of historical bindings to offer a new analysis of how books came to be bound in early modern Britain. One reviewer called the study “a tool for the discerning book connoisseur [which] fills a long-standing gap in the bookbinding literature that, in retrospect, is as self-evident as a missing front tooth.”

Bennett’s lectures on this subject at universities and libraries in California, Edinburgh, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolin​a​, and Virginia’s *Rare Book School* have been widely acclaimed, and for his talk at the North Bennet Street School he has added new information and additional illustrations of these beautiful bindings.

Amazing Dremel Workshops at Artascope

classVT In this creation transforming 2-day class with Jill Timm you will learn how to use the magic tool every artist should have, the amazing Dremel. You will drill, cut, carve, etch, shape, polish, and grind non-traditional book making materials such as glass, plastic, metals, wood, tile and more. After this class your material options will be limitless- you will be able to make books out of just about anything!

Yarmouth, Maine,
Oct 8-9, Session One
Artascope at Bickford Education Center
The Amazing Dremel
Save $50 – Register by Aug 14!

Yarmouth, Maine,
Oct 10-11, Session Two
Artascope at Bickford Education Center
The Amazing Dremel
Save $50 – Register by Aug 14!

For more information about The Amazing Dremel Workshop:
Visit the The Amazing Dremel workshop web page with class photos, videos, and words from Dremel students at

More information about Jill Timm:
Mystical Places Press
Publisher of Artist Book News

Review of Geographies Exhibit

Books on Books did a really nice review of the New England Chapter of the GBW Geographies exhibit. You can check out the review at the following link:

Making Simple Finishing Tools with Jeff Altepeter June 13-14

This two-day workshop will offer an introduction to the materials, tools and techniques of making your own finishing tools for bookbinding. A robust combination of demonstration, discussion and hands-on practice will prepare students for continued experimentation and more advanced future projects. During the workshop students should be able to complete 3 tools—a simple line pallet, and a couple of decorative tools of either closed or open designs (a dot and a circle being very basic examples of closed and open designs).

Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14

Non-member$ 250.00
Member$ 200.00

Martha Kearsley’s Studio
58 Fore Street, Building 14
Portland, ME 04101

Here’s the link to register:

Summer Bookbinding and Calligraphy Workshops

North Bennet Street School is offering some great new workshops this summer for bookbinders. They are now extending a 15% discount to NE Guild of Book Workers members. See the online calendar here:

Book Arts Bazaar April 12th


The annual Book Arts Bazaar at the University of Southern Maine will be held this Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Several NEGBW members will have booths at the show. The USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Book Arts Bazaar is a festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book.

The Bazaar is free and open to the public.

Event Date and Time:
Sunday, April 12, 2015, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus, 34 Bedford St.

Contact Name:
Rebecca Goodale

Contact Email:

Paper Repair With Pre-coated Repair Materials

There are still spaces available! Here is a blog post from the Metropolitan Museum of Art about this workshop, which Sarah taught there in 2014:

The New England Guild of Bookworkers, in collaboration with the Dartmouth College Library Preservation Services, presents the conservation workshop Adhesive Pre-coated Repair Materials.

Conservator Sarah Reidell will teach this two-day conservation workshop on preparing and using pre-coated repair materials for library and archival conservation. Workshop includes short lecture presentations; an overview of selection criteria; instructor-led demonstrations; discovery exercises; and group discussion to share experimental results and evaluate findings. Attendees collaborate closely to share working methods and tips while creating comparative samples on surrogate objects (their own or provided by instructor).

Location: Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH
Dates: March 27 and 28, 2015 (Friday and Saturday), 9am-4pm
Price: $250 GBW members; $300 non-members

Instructor: Sarah Reidell
Sarah is the Associate Conservator for Rare Books and Paper at The New York Public Library. Before coming to the NYPL in 2006, she was a Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard University Library’s Weissman Preservation Center and an Andrew W. Mellon Advanced Fellow at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia. She holds an MLIS/CAS in Conservation and Preservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas and an AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. An active Professional Associate member of AIC, Sarah currently serves as the BPG Publications Committee Chair.

Limit 10 participants.

Registration is available online at:

Please email if you have any questions.