Friday, May 18, 2018


The theme for May in the Humboldt County Library kiosk is "Age-old techniques still in use". Dianne B. has created a display that includes: handmade papers, calligraphy, Coptic binding, case binding, stab binding, and a page for a human powered letterpress. Blue Ox Historical Park loaned the single book page with decorative elements for the display. It is an incredibly heavy “made ready chase” all ready for ink and a foot powered treadle letterpress. The chase was created by Times Printing Company, a local print shop in business since 1854. Celebrate the old techniques and welcome new technology! 

Coptic and case bound books

Here are examples of books with handmade papers and calligraphy.

These books have stab bindings.

This "page" is ready for printing.

Thank you to Blue Ox Historical Park for lending these pieces from the Times Printing Company collection. For more information about Blue Ox visit their website at

Sunday, May 13, 2018


The 23rd annual Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival (NPBAF) was held the weekend of April 20th. With 107 participants including 21 NORBAG members (four who were also instructors), it was the largest NPBAF attendance recorded. There was a wonderful variety of classes that covered surface design, collage, printing, mixed media, assemblage, various book bindings, and the Dremel tool. We were lucky to experience beautiful sunny weather the whole weekend along with a robust ocean breeze in the afternoons. Included below are some photos from the festival.

We love the Sylvia Beach Hotel!

Sandy V. and Jackie W. at the evening reception.

Cheri A. and Dolores G. in the lobby of the Sylvia Beach Hotel.

Randi P. showing her work in the Exposed Binding class.

Spirit House class members display their houses.

Woven spine binding class participants.

Margo K. setting out materials for her woven spine binding class.

A sampling of books from the woven spine binding class.

Michele K.'s beautiful woven spine book.

Dolores G.'s  class making three different book bindings and closures.

These books were made in the Textured & Bound class.

Randi P.'s Japanese Screen structure with her eco-dyed papers.

One of John A's books from the Instructor's show.

Spirit houses from the Instructor's show.

Another beautiful book from the Instructor's Show.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


A popular class taught by Jackie Wygant at the Newport Paper & Book Art Festival last month was how to make a miniature pop-up book in a matchbox. This month Edge Gerring will show us how to make a hardcover book with three pop-ups. There's too much to do to repeat the whole class, but a miniature pop-up book is very doable. Edge will show and tell us about decorating a matchbox so you can do it at home, but there won't be enough time to do the matchbox in this class. This book is small, but not TOO small, so don't be afraid to come and play. Note: the exchange book theme for June is Miniature Pop-Up Book so the timing of this workshop is ideal.

Tools and Materials to bring:
  • Metal ruler
  • Cutting knife with sharp, fine point blade
  • Pencil
  • Small scissors
  • Small brush (1/4" wide)
  • Colored pencils, pens
  • Bone folder
  • Elmer's white glue (more forgiving than PVA)
  • Fine line scoring tool/stylus (optional)
  • Decorative paper for the book cover

Edge will Supply:
  • Templates and instructions
  • Book cover boards and book binding cloth
  • Cardstock for the pages and pop-ups
  • Small matchboxes

May Meeting Details:
When:   Saturday, May 12 at noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See above list
Cost:     $1.00
RSVP:    YES, by May 7 to Edge Gerring (contact information in the newsletter)