Salem Athenaeum Conservation Night

While not a Guild event, we occasionally highlight events which might be of interest to our members.

Conservation Night

When: September 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cost: Free
Contact: Jean Marie Procious 978-744-2540
Join us for the sixth annual Conservation Night featuring some of the most important books in our historical collections.  We will unveil the conserved volumes — books sponsored by generous participants of the 2016 Conservation Night — and present more ailing books for your consideration.  Executive Director Jean Marie Procious will give an illustrated presentation about the books and their value to the collection.

Workshop: Italian Tacketed Stationery Bindings with Katherine Beaty

Workshop: Italian Tacketed Stationery Bindings with Katherine Beaty

During this workshop, we will explore the structure of early Italian tacketed stationery bindings based on the Medici family account book collection at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library. From the 14th through the 19th centuries, tacketed stationery books were used for day, letter, and account books. These books were designed for daily use and had to live up to the task. In this 2-day workshop, we will construct the most common style of tacketed stationery binding: a limp vellum binding with laced overbands and a fore-edge flap. The textblock will be sewn over split thongs, which will lace through the front cover and be secured under the overbands. The cover will be reinforced with stiff leather overbands, secured to the cover with decorative alum tawed lacings. During this workshop, we will discuss terminology, binding variations, and examine images from the Medici collection.

Participants should have previous bookbinding experience, and be comfortable using paper, parchment, and leather.

When: Saturday – Sunday, November 18th and 19th
Where: Third Year Studios, 369 Congress Street, Floor 6, Boston, MA 02210

Cost: $125 for GBW members, $175 for non-members

Additional materials fee of $65 due to Katherine on the first day of the workshop.

Katherine Beaty is a rare book conservator in the Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard Library’s special collection conservation facility, where she has worked for the past 10 years. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, Katherine interned at the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Harry Ransom Center. Katherine received an MA in art conservation with a specialization book from the Art Conservation department at Buffalo State College. She has taught workshops for the North Bennett Street School, for local chapters of the Guild of Bookworkers in New England and New York, and presented at the Guild of Bookworkers Standards of Excellence. Katherine has spent the last four years working on collections of early Italian account books at Harvard Business School’s Baker Library.

The workshop will be accompanied by a lecture given by Katherine: Tackets, Overbands, Lacings and Buckles: early Italian stationery bindings of Harvard’s Baker Library. The lecture will be open to the public.

Friday, November 17th. Location and time TBD.

Any questions regarding the workshop can be directed to Kate Levy at

For registration click here:

Seeking Volunteers for Upcoming Girl Scouts Book Arts Workshop

We are gearing up for our Fall Girl Scouts Book Arts Workshop and we are seeking volunteers to help teach simple bookbinding techniques and creative content. Through this event NEGBW volunteers will be helping Cadettes earn their Book Artist badge and potentially inspiring future bookbinders. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please direct them at Lauren Telepak at

Where: Camp Wind in the Pines, 190 W Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA
(car pooling can be arranged)
When: Saturday, November 4th
9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm

National GBW Election Results

Please see the national GBW page at:

Final days to enter “FORMATION”

There are just two days left to submit your intent to enter for the Guild's upcoming juried exhibition, FORMATION. You must submit the intent in order to gain access to the online submission form, which will be live in January 2018. Please contact Jackie Scott, exhibitions coordinator, at with any questions.

Opening Reception for the American Academy of Bookbinding Open/Set Exhibit – June 8th in Boston, MA

We hope that you can join us for the Boston opening reception of Open/Set, the first traveling show organized by the American Academy of Bookbinding. The exhibit showcases the art of fine design binding created by binders from all over the world. At the reception, we are proud to have four local exhibitors speak about their bindings.

When: June 8th, 6:00 – 8:00
Where: North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston, MA
Todd Pattison
Colin Urbina
Jackie Scott
Mark Esser (First Place Prize Winner for his binding in the Open category)

If you are able to attend and we hope that you can, please send an RSVP to (can you turn this into a link). In attention to the beautiful bindings on display, we will have light refreshments for your enjoyment.OpenSet Poster

Upcoming Workshop with Gabrielle Fox at Dartmouth College – July 14 & 15

We are excited to announce an upcoming summer workshop with Gabrielle Fox. Registration is now open, but with limited seating. So sign-up if you are interested as we anticipate this workshop selling out quickly.

NEGBW & Dartmouth College Present a mid-summer Workshop with Gabrielle Fox
Covered and Visible: Protected Multi-section Pamphlet Stitch Structure

Full LeatherPlease join us for an inspiring weekend workshop with Gabrielle Fox, where she presents an approachable structure that creates a full leather (cloth or paper) binding, where the spine piece spans over an inner exposed and visible sewing panel.

Based on Project 8 in The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books, Gabrielle’s Covered and Visible structure creates a natural combination of tight back and hollow spine elements, providing strength and flexibility plus action, all in one structure. The full leather spine can be titled or decorated as a traditional binding.

The delight of this structure is the ease with which it opens and closes, and the possible variations that can be used in both design binding and conservation work. The case of the binding is completed before sewing the text block; the structure can be kept very simple or adapted to something as complex as a full-leather traditional binding.

When: July 14 – July 15, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Dartmouth College Preservation Services, Hanover, NH
Cost: $250 members; $300 non-members (plus a $10 material fee)

Register here.

Gabrielle Fox is a bookbinder based in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the 1980’s she taught throughout England and worked from her studio in Sussex before returning to Ohio in 1990. She travels often to care for collections and teach, most recently to The Daffodil Barn, Wiltshire, UK through Binding re:Defined and jointly with Designer Bookbinders and Society of Bookbinders. Each year she now teaches miniature fine binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado, USA.

Her work is represented in many public and private libraries, and in 2016 was exhibited in “The Poet of Them All” at the Yale Center for British Art and will be exhibited this autumn with Designer Bookbinders’ “Heroic Works” at North Bennet Street School. Gabrielle is the author of The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books and compiler of LARKSPUR PRESS: Forty Years of Making Letterpress Books in a Rural Kentucky Community.

Any questions can be directed to our Programs Chair, Martha Kearsley at