Fast, Friendly, Free

Paper Folding Workshop

With Eriko Takahashi

Saturday, December 11


Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust Street.


This is a DVC-GBW members-only event.


Nag Hammadi - Two Events

Julia Miller is coming to town and we have two events coming up.

Early Book Structures and the Nag Hammadi Codices
Co-Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and the Library Company of Philadelphia
Held at the Library Company
1314 Locust Street
Friday, October 29th
Reception 5:30, Lecture at 6:00
Please RSVP to the Library Company (scroll down)

Nag Hammadi Codices: Single Quire Bindings
Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
There's still space!
Click here for more details.


Workshop in October

THE NAG HAMMADI CODICES: Single Quire Bindings

A workshop with Julia Miller

Saturday, October 30, 2010

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust St., Philadelphia

Members: $100 Non-Members: $125

Materials Fee: $35

The purpose of the class is to learn about early single quire structures, understand their importance to the early history of the codex, and touch on the use of such structures up to the present. The class will make a small replica binding of one of the Nag Hammadi Codices, which date from the 4th century C.E., using a variety of materials, including paper, leather and papyrus. The class will study the history of the find and learn about the structural variations among the 10 most intact extant covers. Leather paring skills are not necessary. Time permitting, participants will also make a sampler of the variety of tie and wrapping band attachment systems used on the Nag Hammadi codices. Images of eleven covers and models of several of the extant 11 covers will be available for examination. Handouts will include a reading list and other information on the Nag Hammadi bindings.

Julia Miller is now a book conservator in private practice after being a senior conservator on the staff of the University of Michigan conservation lab for ten years. Her focus has shifted from bench conservation to researching and teaching models of historical bindings. For several years she has volunteered her time to describe historical binding structures for two rare book collections at the University of Michigan. She has taught the Nag Hammadi workshop many times, including at the Paper and Book Intensive (2006), the Montefiascone School in Italy (2007), the University of the Arts (2008), and the Delaware and NY Chapters of GBW. She has traveled to Egypt twice in order to study the original covers of the NHC and to work on a conservation survey at the Coptic Museum, Cairo. She received aconservation publication fellowship from the Kress Foundation and FAIC in 2008 and has completed her handbook on identifying and describing historical bindings, to be published by The Legacy Press in November, 2010. Julia has received a fellowship at The Library Company to study and develop a typology of American scaleboard bindings based on examples in the collection.


Click here for registration form

(scroll down for form)

Questions? bindery@librarycompany.org


Used Equipment for Sale

Jack Bendror, owner of Mekatronics, Inc., is selling some used/antique hand bookbinding equipment.

The items can be viewed at:

Scroll down past the used machines section to see the "antique" items.

Jack can be reached at:



"Marking Time" at Lafayette College - Easton, PA

September 5 – October 24

In September and October, the Skillman Library at Lafayette College is host to the exhibit, “Marking Time.” The exhibit showcases the diverse talents of Guild members and was curated by Guild Exhibitions Chair Karen Hanmer and juried by Jeffrey Altepeter, Melissa Jay Craig, and Peter Verheyen. The show opened at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis in May 2009 and will have traveled to nine venues across the country before closing at Emory University in March 2011.

The show features 50 works interpreting the theme of “time,” ranging from contemporary books of hours to celebrations of nature’s cycles to considerations of the end of time. Stunning leather bindings stand alongside edgy contemporary bindings that have been dyed, collaged, or incorporate photographs or handwriting. The show includes work in the codex format, complex folded structures, wooden constructions, hand-held toys, and sculptural objects. Text and imagery is produced by the most ancient and the most modern mark-marking methods—calligraphy, painting, woodcut, letterpress, and digital output.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 26, from 2-4 pm in Skillman Library. At 3 pm in the Gendebien Room, exhibit curator Karen Hanmer will give a presentation. Hanmer is a Chicago book and installation artist, whose work is included in the collections of the Tate Britain, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, Graceland, and a number of college and university libraries, including Lafayette.

Questions: 610-330-5148 or archives@lafayette.edu
Directions: http://www.lafayette.edu/visit/maps-directions/
Also on exhibit: “Quilts in Glorious Color” by Liza Prior Lucy of New Hope



If you are planning to attend the GBW Standards Seminar this year, and haven't registered yet, please do so now! There's still space. If you are undecided, take a look at the great line up of presentations. It is going to be a really good conference. Click on the logo above for more information.


Fast , Friendly, Free Workshop Coming Up!

Faux Gold Labels
instructor- Jennifer Rosner

Saturday, July 17. 9:30 am to noon
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, 19107

Learn to make paper gold labels with your computer and a laminating machine.
A members only workshop.

to RSVP click



Bookbinding Equipment for Sale

Hello Everyone,
I had a call from someone who is selling her father's bookbinding equipment. Below is the information that she sent me along with her contact information:

Here is the list of bookbinding equipment we have for sale.
Interested parties may contact me a vjebinder@gmail or phone 508 853 2055.


1. Board Cutter – Manual Shears

2. Cutting Machine, Electric with extra knives

3. Job Backer, Manual

4. Job Backer with Roller

5. Press, Max opening 5-12 feet ( includes boards and cabinet and logs to shorten distance

6. Press, Max opening 4 feet (includes boards and cabinet and logs

7. Press, Table top model, 13"x13" top plate & 15"x15" bottom plate (includes boards

8. Glueing Machine, Hot, Electric (includes glue

9. Turning-In Machine sold

10. Case Making Gauge

11. Stamping Machine, Hot stamping, Kensol ( prefer to sell both kensols together includes type, pallets, chaises

12. Stamping Machine, Hot stamping, Kensol

13. Oversewing Machine ( includes sectioner, needles and punches

14. Numbering Machine

15. Hole Eyelet Punching Machine (includes various punches

16. Metal top table

17. Warmer, for type and pallets

18. Electric Glue Pots

19. Paper Jogger

Additionally, there is a residual Inventory of Binding Materials – (binders boards, end sheets, cover materials (in sheet sizes and in rolls), etc.).
And a quantity of Chases and Pallets and a large quantity of Type for the Kensols.
There are also worktables and steel shelving


Cor Aerssens Workshop

We want to let our members know about an educational opportunity. This is a non-guild workshop.

September 25 and 26, 2010
9:30 - 4:30
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia 19107
Workshop fee: @200.00 plus a charge for materials

Three different simple bindings developed over the years by Cor Aerssens using only paper and thin cardboard.

The simplified "Groninger Binding" is a full cardboard binding that doesn't need covering and is beautiful in its simplicity with the natural cardboard, no endpapers, and no adhesives. It could be used as a conservation binding.

The Silly Binding is a version of the "crisscross binding", formerly the "Secret Belgian Binding" by Anne Goy. The sewing threads of this non-adhesive binding are partially hidden in the "boards" and are visible on the spine.

The Wrapper Binding is a response to a book structure by Hedi Kyle. The wrapper provides its own sewing bands that bundle the loose sheets into a book block. It is basically a non-adhesive binding, but in this workshop the pages will be extended using double-sided tape.

If there is time left there will be a short explanation on the use of colored beeswax on cardboard and paper. Beeswax can function as a protective coating and add decoration.

We can have 8 students maximum.
Please email Hedi Kyle to enroll by clicking



Paul Johnson Workshop Video and Photos

We were fortunate that the volcano dust cleared in time to have Paul Johnson make it to Philadelphia this week. As you can see by the video and photos, great fun was had by all who came into contact with him!



Paul Johnson Talk
Friday, May 7 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mr. Johnson will bring a suitcase of pop-up books to show us. Some of the books are his own and some were made by others, including children. He will discuss the endless power of the book as an aesthetic, architectural form and its special fascination for people of all ages.
Please RSVP to Jennifer Rosner by clicking HERE
or call Jennifer at: 215-546-3181


Reminder - Annual Meeting

Please come to the
Delaware Valley Chapter
of the
Guild of Book Workers
Annual Meeting

Wednesday, March 24th
5-7 pm
Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street

See the Exhibit!
Philadelphia on Stone: The First Fifty Years of Commercial Lithography, 1828-1878
Exhibit Curator, Erika Piola will give a gallery talk.

Catch up with friends!
We will have some wine and cheese and time to socialize.

Participate in your chapter!
We will have a short meeting to review the past year and plan upcoming events.

If you haven't already, please click below to



Building By The Book: Book Artists Respond to Architecture & Design

In conjunction with Philagrafika 2010: the Graphic Unconscious:

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, collaborating with the Philadelphia Center for the Book, presents an exhibition of contemporary book arts produced in response to Athenaeum research collections.

See the work of artists Aimee Denault, Karen Hanmer, John Magnan, Claire Owen, Pia Pizzo, and Donald Rattner.

March 1 - May 1, 2010
Free Admission

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM
First Saturdays, 10:00AM-2:00PM


DVC Annual Meeting 2010

Annual Meeting 2010
March 24, 2010 5-7 p.m.
The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA, 19107

5:00 - 5:30 Wine and Cheese
5:30 - 5:45 Exhibit* curator Erika Piola will give a brief gallery talk
5:45 - 6:15 Meeting
6:15 - 7 More Socializing
We hope you can make it! You can RSVP HERE
Or by phone: 215-546-3181 (Jennifer Rosner)

*Philadelphia on Stone: The First Fifty Years of Commercial Lithography, 1828-1878. The Library Company is a Philagrafika 2010 site. The work of contemporary lithographers Kip Deeds and Roberta Delaney will also be on display.


A Few Additions to the Last Post...

Date for the Paul Johnson Workshop:
Saturday, May 8th, 2010. 9 am - 5 pm.
see this post for more details.

Also: Paul Johnson Lecture:
Free! He will show and discuss his work.
Friday, May 7th. 5:15 pm
Library Company of Philadelphia
Save the date. We will post about this again.


Upcoming Workshop

Workshop with Paul Johnson

In this workshop we will make a movable 3D book without folds. All the sections, including a pop-up building are constructed by using dovetail and mortise and tenon paper joints. Thus paper fatigue is eliminated as well as the tendency for multiple folded units to ‘spring’ upwards. The book lies perfectly flat. We begin the workshop by making several different types of applied paper joints and this leads to an architectural construction in which these joints are employed.

Participants should bring scissors, a ruler or straight edge, a bone folder, an X-acto knife and cutting mat, a glue stick and white glue and, if desired, colored pencils, markers and decorative papers. The paper used for the main construction of the models will be supplied by the instructor.

Fees: $80 members of the Guild of Book Workers, the Athenaeum, and the Philadelphia Center for the Book; $110 all others.

To register please visit the Athenaeum's website. (scroll down)