Join us for our Annual Meeting on August 10th at the Cottage Street Studios in Easthampton

Our 2019 Annual Meeting, will take place at One Cottage Street in Easthampton, MA. Several book workers in the Cottage Street Studios are opening up their spaces to our members. We are delighted to have them as our hosts, sharing with us their work and expertise. This event is open to both members and non-members.

Event Schedule
12:00 – 12:45: Traditional Water Gilding demo with Sarah Pringle of Cinch Custom Finishes
Working on a traditionally prepared substrate of gesso and bole, Sarah will demonstrate how to mark up and lay gold leaf on a flat panel. She will discuss and have samples of the materials that go into the preparation for traditional water gilding to understand the process of applying gold leaf.

1:00 – 2:00: NEGBW Annual meeting with light refreshments at Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)

2:00 – 4:00: Cottage Street Studios Open House and Tag Sale with:
– Sarah Creighton (#4-17)
– Peter Geraty of Praxis Bindery (Room 4-24)
– Sarah Pringle (#4-42)
– Carol Blinn of Warwick Press (#3-03)
– Daniel Kelm (#5-03)
There will be some small demos and lots of bindery equipment and materials for sale. Please bring cash or your checkbook if you plan to do some tag sale shopping!

Where: Cottage Street Studios at One Cottage Street in Easthampton, MA 01027
When: Saturday, August 10th from 12pm – 4pm

RSVP: Please email if you plan to attend!! You will receive more information regarding the event and directions, but please use the information below:

Directions to One Cottage Street Studios
Use a GPS to get to the Citgo 7-11 at:
97 Union Street, Easthampton, MA

The 7-11 is at the corner of Union and Liberty Streets
Follow Liberty Street – about one block
At the fork in the road stay right on Liberty
Go down the hill, about 1 long block
At the bottom of the hill turn right into the back entrance of One Cottage Street. There is a sign on the right – One Cottage Street, Liberty Street Entrance.

The back of One Cottage Street is straight ahead.

Park in the area by the greenhouse or cross the small bridge and park in the big lot.
Walk towards the back of the building and pass the loading dock so the building is on your right (a fence and the stream will be on your left). Go a short distance to the ‘C’ door.
Enter the building here.
Walk up three flights of stairs. My studio is at the top of the stairs to your right.

Sarah Pringle Studio: Fourth Floor #42

2018 NEGBW Annual Meeting – August 10-11 – Dartmouth College, Hanover NH

2018 NEGBW Annual Meeting

August 10-11

Dartmouth College, Hanover NH

Registration is now open for our 2018 Annual Meeting, which will take place at Dartmouth College on August 10-11, 2018. To register, please click here:

Join us Friday evening for a tour of the Rauner Special Collections Library followed by a reception with light refreshments. On Saturday, participants are invited to attend two half-day workshops with Bill Hanscom and Sarah Smith. The annual meeting will take place during lunch.

The workshops are limited to 20 participants, but all members are welcome to attend the annual meeting on August 11th. Please register for lunch if you plan to only attend the meeting. Registration will go live on May 4th. Another announcement will go out with the registration link. But mark your calendars!


Friday, August 10th:

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tour at Rauner Special Collections Library
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Reception and Pop-Up Exhibit in Book Arts Bindery

Saturday, August 11th:

9:00am – 12:00pm Workshop with Sarah Smith or Bill Hanscom
12:00pm – 2:00pm Catered Lunch and Annual Meeting
2:00pm – 5:00pm Workshop with Sarah Smith or Bill Hanscom


Freestyle Composition – Sarah Smith

In this visit to the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth College we’ll make letterpress printed posters/decorative paper. One of our Vandercook presses will be set up with a large wood type word cloud and another Vandercook will be set up with a smattering of relief images from our eclectic collection. We’ll get creative with the layering of prints between the presses and you’ll go home with a bunch of fun papers to work with on your books (or to hang on the wall)!

Blizzard Books – Bill Hanscom

Learn to make three variations of Hedi Kyle’s Blizzard Book: The Blizzard Book, Blizzard Pocket, and Blizzard Boxes. Participants will use a variety of utilitarian and decorative papers to fold up wonderful structures that are part book, part container with lots of potential for artistic experimentation and decorative embellishment. You will also have the opportunity to use rubber stamps and stencils to add some color and excitement to your origami creations.

Registration Fee:

Members: $85.00
Non-Members: $110.00
Meeting Only: $20.00

You can use the following link to register:

NEGBW Annual Meeting

Please note the date correction. 

New England Chapter Annual Meeting Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  6pm

The New England Chapter will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 6pm. Member and Secretary, Athena Moore, has offered to host at her studio Washington Street Art. This meeting is open to all current chapter members, but please RSVP by clicking on the provided link!

Pizza, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be provided. Newly appointed Chapter Chair Erin Fletcher will give the annual report and introduce our new committee, who will be happy to speak with members about ideas for upcoming chapter activities. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Washington Street Art Center
    321 Washington Street #D
    Somerville, MA 02143


Annual Meeting and Elections

New England Chapter Annual Meeting
The Independent in Union Square (Somerville, MA)
June 26, 2012.  6pm

The New England Chapter will hold an important annual meeting on Tuesday, June 26th, at 6pm. This meeting is open to all current chapter members, but RSVP to Jeffrey Altepeter (  The Independent is at 75 Union Square in Somerville.

Our primary item of business is the election of an entirely new chapter committee.  A special thanks to our nominating committee which was headed by M.P. Bogan, right on the tail of her heroic work as chair of the Local Host Committee for the GBW Standards Seminar.  And a huge thanks to the following members for stepping forward to revitalize our chapter.  The following were nominated and agreed to stand for election to this committee:

Todd Pattison, Chapter Chair
Athena Moore, Secretary
Erin Fletcher and Katherine Westermann Gray, Chapter Programs Coordinators
Stephanie Wolff, Exhibitions Coordinator
Maryanne Grebenstein, Communications Coordinator
Sharon Pattison, Web Binder

The presumptive committee members will be happy to speak with members about ideas for upcoming chapter activities.  Outgoing Chapter Chair, Jeffrey Altepeter, will give one last annual report.

The nomination period has closed, making this an uncontested election.  You may vote at the annual meeting to approve the above slate or vote online in the forthcoming survey (this will be via SurveyMonkey and take place between now and the annual meeting). Short biographies of the candidates will appear here on the blog when the election survey is announced.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to vote in the national GBW election.  You should have received a specific email invitation for that survey, which is linked to your membership email.  If you did not get an invitation please contact Eric Alstrom.


The annual conference of the Guild of Book Workers, with the grand title of “The Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding” probably sounds a little daunting to those not familiar with the event.  The conference is held each year at different places around the country, and is in fact a highly social as well as highly educational.  The conference is a wonderful opportunity for the annual cross-pollination in our wide-ranging field of “book workers.”

In addition to the formal presentations there are tours, social events, a banquet with an entertaining auction– and one of the best reasons to attend might be the vendor room which will be packed with temptations.

The conference topics offer something for everyone, with presentations on traditional bookbinding, book arts and book conservation.  There are frequently presentations that cross disciplines, and the variety is part of the very structure of the Guild of Book Workers.

This year the conference is in Tucson, AZ.  October 14-16, 2010.   There is an extraordinary group of presenters (see below), and we know the local host committee has worked hard to put on a great event.  There is still time to register, and you can do so online for the first time this year.  See the Standards page on the GBW site at

Standards Presentations 2010

Michael Burke – Byzantine Binding
Michael Burke started his working life as a chemist researching the transformation of coal into oil. He later worked in occupational health with asbestos. Michael studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He was involved in establishing the bindery at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and edited Gold Leaf, the journal of the Hand Bookbinders of California.

Michael lives in the Lake District, England, where he teaches bookbinding at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and at Society of Bookbinders (SoB) events across the UK. He is a past chair of the North West and North Wales region of SoB. He has taught for diverse book arts groups across the USA, including Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake City and in 2007 he taught at Paper and Book Intensive in Michigan. Last year he travelled to São Paulo to teach for the Brazilian group ABER. In recent years Michael has been researching the structures of ancient and medieval bindings. Michael will demonstrate the making of a medieval Byzantine binding. This leather binding is unique in that is bound from the boards to the center, resulting in a natural rounding of the spine, at which point the two halves are joined.

Nancy Ruth Leavitt – In Search of Content, the Joys and Challenges of Creating the Book Form
Nancy Leavitt is a calligrapher specializing in unique hand-lettered and painted manuscript books. Leavitt’s interest in the hand-lettered book developed as a result of her studies in the U.S. and Great Britain. Her work resides in many prestigious collections and she has received several grants from the Maine Arts Commission for research into her craft, including quill cutting. She lives, works, and sings in Stillwater, Maine.

Like an engineering project, a book is a complex three dimensional design made up of many parts. Content is the central idea of the design and narrative is how it unfolds, how the story is revealed and concealed. Our goal as bookmakers is to intentionally integrate all aspects of the design to strengthen the structure, form, and content of our works. Through demonstration and example, Nancy discusses her rigorous yet playful method of researching, compiling data, developing, and realizing materials for her manuscript books.

Martha Little – Book Forensics: Interpreting Evidence of Structure
Martha Little has been a bookbinder and book conservator since 1976. She was Book Conservator at the Yale University Library and Head of Conservation at the University of Michigan Libraries, and is now in private practice in California. Her early training was with Jane Greenfield, who incorporated a study of historical structures and the making of models into the work day, and with Roger Powell in England, whose powers of meticulous observation will always be an unattainable standard. Martha took part last year in a condition survey of manuscript books at the National Library of Egypt in Cairo, where she learned that two people can look at the same detail and see two different things. 

Every book conservator accumulates knowledge of some of the small details that are clues to a book’s invisible or lost structure. A remnant of a leather strap may lie in a board; extra holes suggestive of an earlier sewing may be apparent in the folds; raised areas where the covering material has become worn reveal where cords are laced in underneath. Martha’s presentation will examine more ways of interpreting physical evidence when examining a book, in order to determine how it was made and what materials were used. She will bring old books to look at and discuss; recreate evidence though different means to see which interpretation seems more plausible; demonstrate some simple tests to identify materials, and show how the knowledge of the observer can both help with and get in the way of seeing what’s there.

Jeffrey S. Peachey – Late Eighteenth Century French Binding Structures
Jeffrey S. Peachey is the owner of a New York City-based studio for the conservation of books and the inventor of conservation tools and machines. He is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation and a previous chair of the Conservators In Private Practice. For more than 20 years, he has specialized in the conservation of books and paper artifacts for institutions and individuals. A consultant to major libraries and university collections in the New York City region and nationally, he has been the recipient of numerous grants to support his work. A well-known teacher, Peachey also provides conservation-focused guidance to students in art, bookbinding and conservation programs.

This presentation will focus on the structural aspects of a typical 18th century full calf French binding by comparing contemporary descriptions in bookbinding manuals, examining extant bindings and experimenting with reproduction tools and equipment. In some respects, this structure is the end of utilitarian leather binding–50 years later the cloth case begins to predominate. Some features of this binding style include cutting the boards with a pointe, ploughing the edges in-boards, four variations of transverse spine liners and sprinkled cover decoration. Primary texts include Diderot’s Encylopedie (1751-1780). Gauffecourt’s Traite de la Relieure des Livres (1763) and Dudin’s L’Art du Relieur-doreur de Livres (1772). Specific conservation concerns for these structures will also be discussed.

Standards Scholarships

GBW Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding. Tucson, Arizona.  October 14-16, 2010.

The Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding is the annual Guild of Book Workers conference. Held annually at a different location in the country, participants attend presentations by leading experts in the fields related to the book and paper arts. Tours of binderies, conservation facilities, rare book libraries and papermaking establishments are regularly arranged in conjunction with the event. Seminar presentations are videotaped and made available to members. The Guild’s Annual Meeting is held in conjunction with the seminar.

 Scholarships are available to attend the Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding Seminar to Guild of Book Workers members for whom attendance would create a financial hardship. There are scholarships for both student and regular members. Non-members may apply, but are required to become a member prior to attending the Seminar.

The scholarship consists of a waiver of registration fees to the seminar, banquet, and four nights lodging at the Seminar hotel (does not include phone calls, movie rentals, or any other room service). Recipients are responsible for making their own travel plans and hotel reservations. Recipients may be asked to help with newsletter coverage and/or assist with other tasks during the seminar. Applications must be received by August 14, 2009. Address questions to Andrew Huot, Scholarship Committee Chair.

You may download a scholarship application, register online for the conference, and find out more about the conference and other GBW activities at

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting of the New England Chapter
6:00pm on Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Independent
Union Square, Somerville, MA
RSVP to Jeff Altepeter

After a great deal of back and forth we have settled on an annual meeting.  Previous plans fell through, leaving us without a lecture or event on which to base our gathering… so it will be an entirely social affair (along with the official meeting elements, of course).

Chapter Members:  Please join us for dinner and drinks at The Independent in Union Square (Somerville, MA) at 6:00pm on Thursday July 1, 2010.  We need an accurate head count for our reservation so RSVP to Jeff Altepeter by Monday June 28th (jeff @

The committee will offer an annual report and discuss some upcoming events; hold an election; and then hear your ideas for future events.  Your input is always welcome, but this meeting is a great time to share your thoughts about the New England Chapter.

Please note that ballots will be in the mail shortly and you may return your vote by mail or at the meeting.  The following members have agreed to stand for election or re-election:

Jeff Altepeter, Chapter Chair
Christina Amato, Events Coordinator
Lori Foley, Secretary
Amelia Sorensen, Exhibition Coordinator

We have as yet had no further nominations, but write-in votes are welcome.  Additional nominations from the floor are welcome but the nominee must have agreed in writing prior to the meeting.

For directions to The Independent see their website:
There is plenty of metered parking available.

New England Chapter News

A few items to share…

The Upcoming Chapter Exhibition:

Sales of the set book for the upcoming exhibition have apparently been steady.  Don’t wait to order your copy from the limited run available for this binding competition!  Johnny Carrera has set up a PayPal account to accept payments for the Pictorial Webster’s.  You can make your payments to his account at cquercus@ix.netcom.comMassachusetts residents must add sales tax!  Refer to the original post for more information, but sales information is copied here:

To purchase a text block, please send complete contact details, including your email address, and a check made payable to Quercus Press for $38 ($35 text block plus $3 shipping and handling) to:

Johnny Carrera
Quercus Press
144 Moody Street, Bldg. 18
Waltham, MA  02453

Please contact Johnny with questions regarding overseas shipping and payment options, at, (cell) 617-458-6395. For all other questions, email

Additional information about the submission process, jury, exhibition venues, etc. forthcoming!

Chapter committee Elections and Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting will be a potluck social gathering in late June, exact dates and times will be posted very shortly but we had to make some changes in plans so are re-working the event accordingly.

2010 is our regional chapter’s year for elections!  Most of the current committee has agreed to serve another term– in fact we feel some obligation as we have already accepted the challenges of hosting GBW Standards in Boston in 2011 and undertaken a binding competition!  Of course we welcome any challengers, nominations, and additional volunteers!

Amanda Nelsen is not able to continue as our exhibitions chair since she is relocating a little to the south of New England to work for Rare Book School.  We owe her great thanks for getting the bookbinding competition off the ground!  And congratulations on the new job, Amanda!  After inquiring among the membership we have found a volunteer, Amelia Sorensen, to run for this post in spite of the need to step into the current project mid-stream.

The current list of candidates are:

Jeffrey Altepeter, Chapter Chair
Christina Amato, Events Chair
Lori Foley, Secretary
Amelia Sorensen, Exhibitions Chair

Again, we welcome any other nominations which should be sent to the secretary, Lori Foley at LFoley @ or you may contact the chair, Jeff Altepeter at jeff @  Please send nominations as soon as possible.  Nominations from the floor at the annual meeting will be accepted only if the nominee has agreed to serve, in writing, prior to the meeting.

Ballots will be mailed out soon and can be returned by mail or you may vote in person at the annual meeting.

GBW Standards in Boston 2011

As you know by now, the annual conference will be in New England in 2011.  Mary Patrick Bogan has been appointed as the chair of the local organizing committee (local host).  MP is well underway in forming the rest of her committee and will be looking for additional volunteers to help make this an outstanding conference.  Please let us know if you want to be added to the growing (but never full) list.  You can reach MP at mpbogan @

Decorated Paper Field Trip, Take Two

January 30, 2010
1:30 to 4:30pm
Newton, MA

By popular demand, we have organized another field trip to view Sid Berger’s spectacular decorated paper collection. Participants in last year’s field trip would agree that their collection is truly fascinating, and the Bergers have very warmly agreed to open up their home to Chapter members a second time.  If you missed the chance last time, or if you need to see it again, please join us! 

Sid and his wife Michele Cloonan have been building their treasury for decades, and an afternoon will hardly be enough to absorb it all.  The collection includes a sample dating from 740 from Japan, proto-papers such as papyrus and parchment, a prodigious assortment of marbled papers, including Japanese marbling which predates Western marbling, and much more.  He also has a library of approximately 2,500 books on the subject.

This event will be limited to 20 people- be sure to register soon as spots will fill up quickly.  New England Chapter members will have priority in reservations.  Directions will be sent directly to registrants.

RSVP to our Events Coordinator, Christina Amato:

Book Arts Market

More on the supply market coming up next Sunday:

We have confirmed more vendors for the event.  The list currently includes:
Jeff Peachey with knives and other tools.
Pergamena with leather and parchment
Chena River Marblers with marbled paper
Keith Uram with wooden bookbinding equipment
Harcourt Bindery with bookbinding supplies and equipment
Valerie Wells with decorated paper
Shanna Leino with more tools

We will have an information table for flyers and brochures regarding New England book arts events, workshops, organizations, etc.  Please feel free to bring items for that table to the event.

The event is open to the public.  Please invite your friends!

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