Board Shear for sale

Chapter member Deb Wender has a nice board shear for sale.  Please contact her directly for information at dwender [at] comcast [dot] net.

40-inch wooden bed board shear made by Hobbs Manufacturing in Worcester MA.  With a back center slide gauge and a drop-front gauge for $2,000.

board shear


deFINEd BINDINGS: 26 bindings of the Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary

October 5-29, 2011

The New England Chapter exhibition opened at the Bromfield Gallery last Friday evening in conjunction with the Guild of Book Worker’s annual conference.  The opening was well attended… which is quite an understatement as those in attendance can attest.  We hope you all can make it over to see the exhibit before it closes on October 29, but there are two other options.  The bindings will travel to San Francisco this winter to be displayed at Chronicle Books (specific details will be posted on the chapter blog, of course).  And whether or not you see the exhibit at one of the exhibits you will want to purchase a copy of the catalog!  The catalog is available from for $32.

We would also like to announce the prizes awarded for a few of the bindings.  We had hoped to award these at the opening reception but the crowd was overwhelming.  The prizes were sponsored by Chronicle Books and North Bennet Street School.  Chronicle offered three awards for design: 1st prize to Patty Bruce, 2nd prize to George Sargent, and 3rd prize to Deborah Howe.  North Bennet awarded Mark Esser a prize for “exquisite craftsmanship” and offered a prize to Sonya Sheats for “best binding structure.”  The North Bennet Street School awards were beautiful handcrafted candle boxes which should make nice tool boxes for the winning binders.  The Chronicle awards were generous gift certificates for Chronicle Books.  Congratulations to the winning binders and all those in the exhibit, the feedback about your work has been phenomenal.  And we would like to once again thank all of the binders who submitted work for consideration.  Space limitations forced the jury to eliminate many wonderful bindings and we hope to see many of those exhibited elsewhere in the future.

Peabody’s Leather Worker’s Museum


Come to Peabody’s Leather Worker’s Museum on Oct. 29 from 9 AM to 1 PM.

205 Washington St.
Peabody, MA 01960

Free admission & refreshments.


See Master leather artisans work on their craft.


Enjoy the work of artist Joseph Pechinsky.


View an array of artifacts from local tanneries including leather factory equipment.


Help honor the men, women & children that helped build Peabody and the surrounding communities…


Book Cover Design in Renaisance England

Thanks to Sam Ellenport for inviting us all to the following talk.
Sam Ellenport will give a talk at the Mass. Center for Renaissance Studies at U/Mass Amherst on October 26 at 4pm.   The topic will be “Book Cover Design during the Renaissance in England.
“Design reflected the wealth of the community of purchasers, mirrored the shrinking size of books, and remained bi-laterally symmetrical during this time.”
All are welcome.

Jesuitica Collection bindings at BC

Many thanks to Barbara Hebard for inviting us all to this.

Title of event: Bookbindings in the era of Father Matteo Ricci, SJ
Brief description: Over fifty books from the Burns Library’s Jesuitica Collection are on display in the O’Brien Fine Print Room and the Thompson Room from March 21st through October 31st, 2011 as part of the exhibition, “Binding Friendship: Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings”. In a complementary event, the Burns Library conservator Barbara Adams Hebard will give a presentation about Jesuitica Collection bookbindings dating 1582-1610.

Location: Boston College, Burns Library Conservation lab, Bapst Building

Admission Cost: free, but limited space, please RSVP

Contact person: Barbara Adams Hebard

Contact email address:

Contact phone: 617 552-8847

Date of event: October 20, 2011
Time: 11:00 am -12:00

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