North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, August 31, 2020


Our September workshop on Zoom will feature Edge Gerring teaching us how to make a basic hinged lid box. These basics will give you an understanding so you can move on to make any size box you want, or try different types of boxes. We will make the box shown below, which is 3" x 4" x 1 3/4" and was made to accommodate two decks of playing cards, stacked.

Once you RSVP for the class, instructions for preparing the box parts will be emailed to you, along with the Zoom link. In order for the box to be completed during the class, please have the cardboard and cover paper pieces cut and ready. We will glue the box together and apply the covering papers to the box during the class. A lift tab of some sort is optional. Edge used a paper bead rolled out of the covering paper on the box shown.


  • cutting knife with extra blades (sharp blades are essential)
  • metal ruler
  • pencil
  • bone folder
  • glue applicator (brush, foam brush or roller)
  • small, pointed scissors
  • damp rag (for cleaning fingers)

Optional Tools:

  • right angle (see through is best but not required)
  • sanding block with 100 grit sandpaper wrapped and glued to it
  • right angle with bumper guide to help with mitering corners of box
  • wax paper, or other no-stick paper or surface
  • jar of water (for cleaning brushes)


  • 7" x 8 1/2" piece of 1/16th thick mat board. Figure direction of grain and put pencil marks to indicate it on one side.
  • PVA (Tacky Glue is also okay for box assembly)
  • 2 pieces of 8 1/2" x 11" cover paper (the thicker the paper the harder to use on a small box)
  • rolled paper bead or other lid lift tab (optional)
Please feel free to call or email Edge for clarification on any of the tools or materials. Her contact information is in the newsletter.

September Box Making Meeting Details:

When:     Saturday, Sept. 12 at noon Pacific time
Where:    On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:      To Dolores Guffey by September 7 to receive password
Contacts: To Bobbie Hayes regarding Zoom; Edge Gerring regarding the workshop. Contact information is in the newsletter.

Sunday, August 16, 2020


Once again we dipped our toes in the testing waters by having a Zoom meeting for our members. Dolores presented a plethora of hints, tips, & tools (although the difference between hints & tips wasn't fully explained). In any case, we had 42 members join in the meeting, 17 locals and 25 from outside of Humboldt County. Being able to Zoom has allowed us to connect with members both close by and far away during these trying times. We will continue the monthly Zoom meeting/workshops as long as we have members volunteering to teach from their computer to ours. Thank you Celeste, for getting us started and showing us how. And now it is time for NORBAG to set up our own Zoom account.


Here are some of the items we looked at…

Piercing Tools

Different types of needles

Background - DMC #5 Perle cotton (skein & box)
Other threads shown: bookbinder's linen thread; waxed linen thread;
buttonhole thread; sample card from Royalwood, supplier of waxed linen threads

 covered brick, sad irons, marble base from a trophy, soft leather drafting weight, small box filled with lead weights

Measuring rule set
 brass set of metal bars ranging in size from 1" to 1/8"
(available at hardware stores, look for K&S Metal Stock)

Centering Ruler (centering ruler #80003)

Glue Brush
Crayola So Big, on chopstick rest
When you don't wash out your glue brush and the next day (week or month) you find it hard and stiff...don't throw it out. Just soak it overnight in rubbing alcohol and the next day it is good as new. Just pick out a few glue strands and rinse well. If you leave the cap off of your glue stick and it is all hard...just use a craft knife to slice off the hard area and you're good to go (and try to remember to replace the cap next time).

At the end of the presentation we showed the July and August exchange books, and our members were able to discuss their book while it was on the screen. It was a wonderful way to share our creativity.

Special thanks to Dolores, Bobbie & Celeste and everyone else who contributed.

Sunday, August 9, 2020


What happens when technology and NORBAG meet? We have a tutorial about using Zoom for our meetings. On July 24, Celeste Chalasani led a Zoom tutorial on how to use Zoom for workshops. She talked about the technology we would need and it was a surprise to learn that we already have most of the technology needed...such as a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. If you plan to lead a workshop for NORBAG you probably only need to purchase something to hold a smart phone or tablet. It could be as simple as a goose neck cell phone holder that clamps to your desk (prices range from around $12 to $30-40). 

There are also document cameras made specifically for this kind of workshop that may plug into video systems or other computers. The prices can range as low as $100 and some are over $800. Some of our members are already giving classes over the internet and are using the more specific technologies. Either high or low tech, our NORBAG members can easily set up for workshops.

We talked a bit about staging of the actual workshop (Margaret did this very nicely at our June workshop) and how helpful it is to have a co-host who can direct questions to the speaker so things run smoothly. Celeste also spoke about how we can spotlight the instructor while eliminating other voices and noise that cause the camera to move away from the instructor. 

Are you interested in giving a workshop but missed the Zoom tutorial or want to refresh your memory of the information? Send an email to Dolores (email in the newsletter) and she will send you the necessary link to see the tape of the workshop. No excuses now...if you have an idea for a workshop we’re happy to help you through the first time.

Member Projects

This is a wet-cyan on a coffee filter.

Have you ever wanted to try making Cyanotype prints? Our member from Pennsylvania, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, has been doing just that with beautiful results. Here is what she shared. 

"Cyanotype and wet-cyan have taken over my life and the joy of waking up to a sunny day is the best ever. I think I must have done well over a 100 prints on paper and fabric. Thinking about book structures as I apply the chemicals for the cyanotype process, I have 5" x 14" papers and fabric for French folded pages to incorporate onto accordion fold spines and lots of other sizes to use however I wish. Many different weights and grades of paper, a sea of blue and white all around me."

Traditional cyanotype on Stonehenge paper

French folded pages adhered to mountains of an
accordion. Cyanotype and wet-cyan methods of
printing on Stonehenge paper. 3" x 5" size.

A Queen Anne’s Lace, a wayside flower belonging to
the carrot family. This cyanotype is on a cotton fabric
with French knots added. The fabric is 5 x 14, shown
here folded in half to be included in a fabric book.

Many thanks to Mary Elizabeth for sharing these photos and information of her latest project. We hope she'll give us a workshop on the process in the future.