Workshop Offerings

Richard Horton, Conservator/Bookbinder at Bridgeport National Bindery, in Agawam, MA, will be giving 3 weekend workshops at the BNB Conservation Dept.

May 25-26, 2013
Hand Made Photo Album Structures and Strategies.

June 29-30, 2013
American Springback Working Composite Model.

July 27-28, 2013
Hand Made Photo Album Structures and Strategies.

The July workshop is a repetition of the May workshop.

To sign up for, or inquire about the workshops, contact Richard Horton at

Richard is the author of A Hand Bookbinder’s Guide To Making Photo Albums, and Book Sewings By Hand, both available on Amazon or at

Workshop of Interest

Kate Cheney Chappell ‘83 Center for Book Arts presents-

Intimate Apparel: Books Worn Close to the Heart with Anne-Claude Cotty
$125, call (207) 780-5900 to register
Wishcamper Center Multi-Purpose Room (USM)
Portland, ME

For centuries, books have been made to be worn on the body: journals, almanacs, sacred texts inscribed in miniature scrolls and tablets around the neck, sewn into leather amulets for the wrist or tucked into a girdle belt at the waist. This workshop will focus on three innovative structures that bind elements of style and adornment with the play of a book inside. Form and content will include an added dimension of concealment and enchantment as these are books that can be shared but mostly remain closed and private. The workshop will begin with a slide show and end, of course, with a fashion show of the day’s creations!

Anne-Claude Cotty
Since moving to Deer Isle over 30 years ago, A-C has enjoyed a career evenly divided between teaching and studio practice. She is a community artist, touring artist on the Maine Arts Commission roster, conference presenter, Haystack faculty and art teacher on 2 bridgeless islands. Her work as a printmaker, experimental photographer and book artist has been exhibited across the country and abroad. She holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University (M.S.) and the University of Alberta (M.F.A. in Printmaking).

What to bring
bone folder, scissors, x-acto knife and blades, self-healing mat, metal and plastic rulers
optional (materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring a small assortment of supplies from home): ephemera (scraps of decorative papers; photos, prints, drawings to recylce); cord, embroidery floss, ribbon; beads, buttons, buckles; rubber stamps and ink pads; pencils, inks, watercolors, acrylics, metallic powders; brushes for glue and media; metal foils and findings; poetic texts (yours or others’)

Intensive Study Opportunities in Boston

The following is from our friends at North Bennet Street School:

There are a couple of intensive study opportunities this summer for up and coming bookbinders and book conservators.  You can find information about these classes, to be held at North Bennet Street School, at

The first course is open to any and all and is an experimental class based on input from potential students.  North Bennet Street School has previously held 3 month intensive workshops in the fall, but many people have requested a shorter course held outside of the academic year.

The second course listed below is designed specifically for book conservators, pre-program or practicing.  This class requires permission from the instructor, Chela Metzger (see below).

Bookbinding Intensive
Monday – Friday, June 25 – July 27, no class 7/4
8:30am – 4:30pm

Instructor: Stacie Dolin

$1000 deposit

This class is designed for individuals interested in an intensive, hands-on bookbinding experience and is suitable for book artists and novice binders wishing to learn or enhance fundamental bookbinding skills. This course also provides a solid foundation for individuals interested in the NBSS full-time bookbinding program. Explore a variety of book structures and binding techniques and the process for determining what materials and structures to use for a given project. The five-week program uses the school’s fully equipped bindery providing the opportunity to work on advanced topics and with a wide range of professional equipment (such as foil stamping presses) not available in most introductory courses. The class also covers studio techniques for those without access to a professional bindery. Field trips and other specific topics are part of the curriculum and will be based on student interests. The tuition includes a materials fee for paper, board, and other basic supplies; students are expected to provide some materials and all hand tools.

To secure a spot, a deposit and registration is recommended by June 1. Please read the intensive refund policy before signing up.

Introduction to book structures for conservators

Monday – Thursday, July 19 – August 17, no class 7/4
9:00am – 4:00pm

Instructor: Chela Metzger

This class will have a few open slots by permission of the instructor. It is part of the Mellon Funded enhancements for the education of Library and Archives Conservators taking place at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation, in collaboration with Simmons School of Library and Information Science and the North Bennet Street School. 

This five-week class meets Monday – Thursday each week. Field trips are scheduled for some Fridays, otherwise Fridays are considered work days/open studio. The course is designed to further basic bookbinding bench skills and to explore historic book structures in the context of the conservation of books as historic artifacts.Readings, research on book structures and bookbinding history, and creating models of historic structures are the basis of the course. Class presentations, short essays and online publishing are required. The course is for students who are seriously interested in exploring conservation of books as cultural heritage, and could be used to help develop a portfolio for further work in library/archives conservation, or bookbinding study. Class size is limited. Application requirements include a short personal statement on the role of the class in your work, a phone conversation, and images showing three-dimensional studio work of some kind if possible. Students will need to supply their own hand tools, or purchases them at NBSS. For more information, please contact Chela Metzger

Scaleboard Bindings with Julia Miller

Scaleboard Bindings

Lecture from Julia Miller

Thursday April 26, 2012

6:00 pm

North Bennet Street School, Boston


This lecture is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and North Bennet Street School.  Please register online at so we can prepare an appropriate space for the number attending.


Drawing from her study of 350 scaleboard bindings in library collections, Julia Miller explores the variety of structural elements and material combinations used on American imprints bound in scaleboard.

Scaleboard, also known as scabbard, is thin wood that was used for bindings in Europe and Britain until around 1600 (and much less so thereafter). The material was incorporated into American bindings as early as the 1680s (and probably earlier) and was used through the 1840s. Scaleboard was used in place of paste or pulpboard long after those materials were widely available in America and Boston is considered the center of early scaleboard/scabbard use based on the number of Boston imprints that survive in scaleboard bindings. Through her research and presentations, Julia aims to increase awareness of these bindings and increase the identification and description of these bindings in research collection cataloguing.


Introduction to Scaleboard

A hands-on seminar with Julia Miller

Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, 2012

North Bennet Street School, Boston


Please register online at


The first day of the workshop focuses on building a solid understanding of the variety of structural elements encountered in collections of scaleboard bindings. The day includes a presentation by the instructor, hands-on examination of historical binding examples, discussion and descriptions done by students in teams. During the bench portion of the workshop, students create a cutaway model of a full leather scaleboard binding. Students also create a set of structure and material samplers to use as aids when working with Americana collections.

All Shook Up: Interplay of text and image in the flag book format

Flag Books

A workshop with Karen Hanmer

March 10-11, 2012

North Bennet Street School, Boston


In this two-day workshop, students make two styles of flag books and experiment with adding text and images. For both styles a sample is made from kits provided by the instructor. A more finished book with students’ imagery and hand written text is made in one or both styles as time permits. Students explore different spine and page dimensions, direction of motion and the selection of images that are most successful for flag book styles. Students have the opportunity to experiment with complementary and contrasting text and images and learn a tidy, non-adhesive method of covering boards and using a jig to facilitate quicker, more precise assembly. Before creating books using their own text and imagery, we review and discuss books by other artists and the importance of prototype construction and critical thinking at the onset of a project. While this is not a computer class, digital printing and using Photoshop templates for pages, covers and spines will be demonstrated.


Please see for more information and online registration

Parchment over Boards with Peter Geraty

The Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT will host New England Chapter member Peter Geraty this fall.  Some of us have had the opportunity to take workshops with Peter and can highly recommend…

Parchment over Boards Workshop

Instructor: Peter Geraty

Creative Arts Workshop.  New Haven, CT.
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm, Oct 29 – 30 Cost: $450  members: $405

This workshop will encompass the binding of a book into parchment over boards.  Although parchment has a reputation of being difficult to work with, it is an ideal binding material. It is beautiful and  stronger than any other material we normally work with in bookbinding. In this workshop, we will sew a blank book, round and back it, sew endbands, create the parchment cover and case the book in. To accomplish this, the class will move quickly through all the steps; students should be comfortable sewing a textblock, endbands and making cloth cases. Please bring a standard binding kit – bone folders, sewing needle, awl, scissors, dividers, pencil, metric ruler, knife and straightedge, glue brushes, backing hammer (if you have one). If you have a sanding drum, such as a Dremel or a Foredom, you should also bring it. Please register by October 10 to assure place in the class. A $75 materials fee for parchment is included.

For online registration see and reference: Instructor: Peter Geraty BA22FA11W

More Bookbinding Study Opportunities

Following up on our recent promise to do better about keeping you all informed about New England study opportunities…

North Bennet Street School offers another round of courses this summer and there is still time to register!

Bookbinding Courses

Stacie Dolin will teach the fundamental bookbinding course, Cloth Case Bookbinding.  June 27- July 1, 2011.

Martha Kearsley will offer a comprehensive introduction to book repair with The Cloth Case Reback, July 5-8, 2011.  Martha will then teach Sewn Boards Binding, July 9 and 10, 2011.

Two creative, recent NBSS graduates will present a unique course exploring the use of natural dyes in bookbinding.  Paper Dying with Plants runs July 11-15, 2011, and will be co-taught by Arini Esarey and Celine Lombardi.

Jeff Altepeter will offer an Introduction to Leather for Bookbinding, July 18-20, 2011.  This course is primarily focused on leather paring (thinning the leather) and will include plenty of hands-on practice as well as an in-depth discussion of the materials, tools and techniques used in leather bookbinding.  Great for those with basic bookbinding skills or for those that need to pick up long-neglected knives!

Modernizing the Historic Model will be co-taught by Stacie Dolin and Arini Esarey, July 25-29, 2011.  Come explore variations on historic binding structures using modern materials.

Martha Kearsley will be back, August 1-5, 2011, with an Introduction to Boxes and Enclosures.

A one-day class, Embellishing the Cloth Case, will be taught by Celine Lombardi and Anne McLain on August 6, 2011.  This is a great follow-up for students that have taken the fundamental cloth case binding course and anyone else that wishes to add some new layers.

Calligraphy and Related Arts

Maryanne Grebenstein of Abbey Studio will be at NBSS again this summer and fall with her popular courses on Calligraphy and Illumination.  Manuscript Gilding, July 9 and 10, 2011; and then come back for Hand Lettering: Five Styles, August 1-5, 2011, to learn the five basic lettering styles using a broad edged pen.

If you want more than the taste offered in these summer calligraphy courses please check out the Three Month Calligraphy and Illumination Intensive offered in the fall of 2011.

Online registration for North Bennet Street School workshops is available at

Garage Annex School

There are some great study opportunities available to you all in the New England area this year.  We apologize for not doing a better job keeping you informed of them, but there is still time to register!  We are passing along the following message from our friends at GAS:

Garage Annex School for Book Arts 
Dear friends:We are grateful to all of you who have registered for workshops recently.Tomorrow we are meeting with the folks from Williston prep school to determine if we satisfy their minimum requirments for the number of lodgers. We are hopeful they may let us use the dorm for the most populated of our summer workshops. 

So, again, if you are thinking of studying at GAS this summer this would be a great time to let us know!

GAS, located in Easthampton, MA, is offering a variety of workshops taught by Daniel Kelm, Art Larson, Nancy Moore Bess, Dea Sasso, and Julia Miller:

Independent Projects
with Daniel E. Kelm, June 20-24

The Book Restructured—Wire Edge Binding
with Daniel E. Kelm, June 27-28

The Ultimate Album
with Daniel E. Kelm, June 29-July 1

Letterpress Broadsides
with Art Larson, July 2-3

The Codex Restructured—Rethinking the Spine
with Daniel E. Kelm, July 4-8

Japanese Packaging: Seeking a Narrative
with Nancy Moore Bess, July 9-10

Book Repair and Restoration for Beginners
with Dea Sasso, July 11-12

Codex C: A Late Sixth-Century Coptic Binding
with Julia Miller, July 13-15

The Leather Intensive
with Daniel E. Kelm, July 17-22

If you register for a workshop and it is cancelled due to low enrollment you will receive a full refund. It’s disappointing when students wait to enroll and then find we have cancelled a workshop because we were short one or two students! If you are planning to come, please let us know.

Please visit: for all the details.

Please keep in mind that Daniel offers private instruction at GAS too. The possibilities are nearly endless with a customized curriculum! If you would like to discuss this, he can be phoned at 413-527-8044 or emailed at

We look forward to seeing you here at GAS.
Greta Sibley, Co-director
Greta D. Sibley
Garage Annex School, Inc.
One Cottage Street #5, Room 5-03
Easthampton, MA 01027
studio: 413-529-0070
fax: 413-529-0071

NECA Mold Workshop

There are a couple of spots remaining in this upcoming workshop so we are passing along the information from our friends at the New England Conservation Association (NECA).

Fungal Facts

Taught by Hanna Szczepanowska
Paper Conservator and Conservation Scientist

May 13 and 14, 2011; 9 to 5 PM

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Mass.

Please join us for a two-day workshop on mold with paper conservator and conservation scientist Hanna Szczepanowska. During her long and distinguished career in paper conservation, Hanna has gathered extensive knowledge on the bio-deterioration of paper artifacts, and lectured as well as published widely on the topic. She currently holds the position of Research Conservator at the Museum Conservation Institute, a division of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

During the two-day workshop, the following topics will be covered

• fungi as living organisms and their dependence on the environment in relation to library and museum collections

• prevention and eradication of fungal outbreaks

• specific signs of fungal infestations and their impact on artifacts

The workshop will include a practicum, which will focus on observing fungal specimens under a microscope, learning how to recognize typical features, as well as growing fungi.

The workshop is geared towards practicing conservators of any skill level (all specialty groups), and library or museum collection managers


The cost for the workshop is $220 for members/ $245 for non-members.

If you are not currently a NECA member, we ask that you sign up as a non-member. Your registration will automatically give you membership status, with the $25 surcharge covering the first annual fee.

Registration form and information can be found on the NECA website at

Space is limited to 16 participants.


The registration deadline is May 6, 2011. To guarantee your spot, payment must be received by the registration deadline. Registrants will receive written confirmation.

For directions to the NEDCC please go to their website at

For any other questions please contact Babette Gehnrich, bgehnrich[at]

Bookbinding in America in the 19th Century

A Special One Day Seminar at North Bennet Street School:

Bookbinding in America
in the 19th Century

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 8:30am-4:30pm
North Bennet Street School, Boston
Todd Pattison


In 1800, most bookbinders worked in small shops consisting of a handful of workers and bound a wide range of materials. By 1900, bookbinding had become specialized and included individual artists working on elaborate leather bindings, large factories with hundreds of workers churning out mass-produced books and (for the first time) amateur binders learning the craft from commonly available bookbinding manuals.

This workshop examines the history of bookbinding in the 19th century, arguably the most dynamic time in the binding industry in the last 500 years. Although we discuss the two most important developments in 19th century bookbinding — the transition to case binding and the introduction of cloth as a binding material – all aspects of bookbinding establishments, book structures, materials, and binding equipment is examined.

Special emphasis is placed on important individuals throughout the century, rare or unusual bindings, elements of decoration, binding styles and the bibliographic significance of the 19th century binding.

New England GBW member Todd Pattison studied bookbinding with Fred Jordan in New York state in the  1970s and 1980s and continued his studies with Hugo Peller and Edwin Heim in Ascona, Switzerland. He has an Art History degree from Nazareth College and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Alabama. Todd was senior book conservator at the Northeast Document Conservation Center for nineteen years and begins as the Harvard College Library Collections Conservator in September 2010.

Registration for this and many other workshops is available at or by contacting the director of continuing education, Megan Kenealy, at 617-227-0155 or