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.

Our Studio is located in the Caribou Building, Suite 205 at 3550 Airport Way, Fairbanks, Alaska 99709. “Paper Birches”, our cooperative supply inventory, is also located there, as are most of our classes and workshops.

NBG Workshop: Coptic Binding 03.05-06.22

NBG Workshop: Coptic Binding 03.05-06.22

Learn the fascinating technique of Coptic binding in this two-day workshop! An important hallmark of this binding is that it opens flat, so it’s a great way to create truly functional journals, notebooks and sketchbooks.

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NBG Book Challenge – New for 2022!

We’re keeping it local this year and holding our very own bi-monthly book arts challenge. How you interpret the theme, structure, and materials used is up to you! It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, and can be a great way to stay motivated to make books throughout the year.

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NBG Publication – Compendium of Fabulous Foldables – Available Now!

NBG Publication – Compendium of Fabulous Foldables – Available Now!

NBG 2021 program activities focused on an exploration of foldable book structures, many based on simple accordion structures created by Hedi Kyle. The Guild introduced the compendium at its Books As Art 3 exhibition where the first printing sold out. Now in its second printing, we are offering it for sale at Paper Birches ($25 each, available during Open Studio hours on Wednesdays) or by mail order ($33, click below to order).

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

Financial assistance is available for NBG workshop or membership fees.  Apply by completing the Marilyn Askelin Memorial Workshop Financial Assistance Form (docx or pdf).

NBG Book Challenge


Paper Birches

“Paper Birches,” our Guild book arts supply program, is open at the NBG Studio located in Suite 205 at the Caribou Building, 3550 Airport Way, 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!

Books As Art 3 Exhibition

Exhibition Opening
Friday, November 5, 6-7:30pm
Watch the recording here.
NBG Program Meeting
Our First 10 Years: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Friday, November 19, 6-7:30pm

Watch the recording here.

NBG Interest Survey

Have a workshop idea to share?  Interested in instructing?  Want to suggest a new book exchange theme? Complete the online survey and let us know!

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