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 Meeting featuring Margo Klass and Paper! Paper! Paper! – 03.11.18

NBG Meeting featuring Margo Klass and Paper! Paper! Paper! – 03.11.18

This meeting is all about expanding your knowledge of paper and starting a notebook of Paper Samples where you can keep track of papers you use, their attributes (such as colors, dimensions and weight), and where to purchase them. You will begin several pages of your sampler at the meeting as we talk about how to select papers for specific book-making purposes.

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Workshop – Bookmaking Basics: Sewing on Frames I – 02.25.18

Workshop – Bookmaking Basics: Sewing on Frames I – 02.25.18

This workshop introduces the technique of binding a book on a frame, a practice that dates back to the Middle Ages. After looking at examples of antique books, and learning how to string the sewing frame, we will create a model book using three different techniques of sewing across the spine.

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Upcoming Events

10:00 am Workshop: Soft Cover Coptic Bind... @ NBG Studio
Workshop: Soft Cover Coptic Bind... @ NBG Studio
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Coptic binding is one of the classic techniques for a bookbinder. Whether you are new to the technique or need a review, this workshop will cover the basics as we create a small but elegant[...]

Guild Workshops

Join us for a scheduled workshop or class!

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

Scholarships are available for NBG members to cover bookmaking workshop instructional fees.  Apply by completing the Marilyn Askelin Memorial Workshop Scholarship Request Form (docx or pdf).

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!