Northwoods Book Arts Guild

is a community of artists actively learning about and creating artist books in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Guild promotes all aspects of book arts through education, participation in exhibitions, and community outreach.

NBG is affiliated with the North Star Community Foundation. The Foundation serves as our fiscal agent. All monetary transactions on our site, including membership and donations, are re-directed to the NSCF site in a new window.

NBG is also affiliated with The Folk School Fairbanks. Our studio is located on their campus and our summer program meetings and nearly all of our workshops are held there. Registrations and payments for Guild classes are managed through their website.

Next NBG Meeting featuring Upcycled Gift Bags! – 11.19.15

Next NBG Meeting featuring Upcycled Gift Bags! – 11.19.15

Winter has officially arrived, our clocks are set back, and holiday preparations have begun! Join the Northwoods Book Arts Guild at our next meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Pioneer Park’s Blue Room. We will open the meeting with updates on the Letterpress Project and pass around samples produced by the recent Letterpress class attendees, announce and plan for upcoming classes, exchange “Winter Card” books, and top off the meeting by learning how to make gift bags from almost any kind of paper!

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Letterpress Holiday Cards – 11.21.15

In this class, students will design and print holiday cards which will include carved linoleum blocks.  Each student will design an image and learn how to carve the reverse image for printing.  Students will set, compose, and proof type to accompany the block images.  Printing and clean-up protocols will be reviewed.  Students need to bring their own paper or cardstock for their cards and a lunch.  Linoleum blocks, inks, and carving tools will be provided.  The class will be held from 10am -4pm in the NBG studio at The Folk School Fairbanks.... read more
Starting to Use the Letterpress – 11.1.15 or 11.15.15 or 11.22.15

Starting to Use the Letterpress – 11.1.15 or 11.15.15 or 11.22.15

In this class students will receive hands-on experience setting & spacing type, locking type into a chase, preparing, inking, and operating the Kelsey Press.  Students will cleanup and sort type back into the California Case.  This class will be offered three times and will cover the same content each time.  The class will be held from 12-4pm at The Folk School... read more
“Celebrating Handmade Books” at If Only – 11.6.15

“Celebrating Handmade Books” at If Only – 11.6.15

You are invited to participate in a First Friday event at If Only, A Fine Store on November 6, 2015 from 5-8pm.

Northwoods Book Arts Guild members are invited to sell up to three books at this event (all books must be for sale). You, the artist, set the price including a 40% store commission. Deliver books to If Only on November 2nd or 3rd between 3-6pm.

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Introduction to the Letterpress – 11.8.15

This class will provide an overview to the letterpress, including a brief history of Kelsey letterpresses, lead safety and how to find type in the California Case.  Students will observe how to arrange type in a composing stick, lock type into a Chase, set guide pins, and get the press ready.  Student will have an opportunity to operate the Kelsey Press, printing a chase set up by the instructor.  Cleanup protocols and sorting type back into the California Case will be covered.  The class will be held from 12-4pm at The Folk School... read more

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Guild Workshops


Fall is here already!

We will get busy scheduling classes SOON!

Contact any NBG Board member if you have an idea for a class you would like to lead or to take.

Paper Birches

“Paper Birches,” our Guild book arts supply program, is open in Suite 301 at The Folk School Fairbanks, 2861 Beverley Lane, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Supplies may be purchased at Open Book events, meetings, and workshops held at The Folk School. You may also contact any Guild Board member to make an appointment to meet at the studio.

NOW IN STOCK: BFK Rives, Arches text wove, Shizen and Khadi papers; book board and piercing cradle kits; metal measuring edges, linen tape, and folder stock; MacTac and Jade 403 PVA adhesives; waxed linen thread by the spool or by the yard.

Let us know of materials or supplies that you’d like to have available to you– by buying together we can take advantage of bulk discounts and save on shipping. This makes it possible to spend more on beautiful papers!

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