Coptic Bound Books Workshop

Instructor: Anne McLean of Kairos Studios

Coptic Bound Books

Make your own hand-bound books! Learn basic skills for decorating book covers, tearing and folding signatures, and Coptic stitch. Decorative paper will be provided for the covers and feel free to bring your own papers, fabric or wallpaper. This two-day workshop will include materials for making two medium- sized books approximately 5”x 7” each.

Saturday & Sunday, October 21 & 22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Class Fee: $86-$117 (based on NC State affiliation)

Coptic Bound Books Workshop


Tunnel Book Workshop

NOV. 18, 2017
Bookmaker MARY BETH BOONE will return for another 1-day workshop:

TUNNEL VISION: Making the Tunnel Book
9:30 am – 5 pm
Fee: $100 (plus $15 materials fee)

The Tunnel Book is an exciting book structure that offers the opportunity to explore image and structure within a layered format. It has concertina sides and no spine. The pages have cutouts, allowing the viewer to view through the cutout spaces for an almost telescopic effect.

During this one-day session, we will build models and explore structure combined with your own personal imagery. You will leave with the knowledge and expertise to make your own tunnel book.

To register or for more information, please contact Helen Buiskool at or by phone at 919-932-7778.

Enrollment is limited to 10 people.


Letterpress shop for sale in Durham North Carolina USA

From brian at

I am retiring and closing my letterpress business.
I want to pass my printing equipment on to someone who will cherish it and continue to print ​in the legacy of Johannes Gutenberg.


My commercial shop has an assortment of presses and equipment, including:

  • a rare Gietz Model 60 fine-art platen press with 0.928 type-high metal type;
  • Hohner tabletop 9×12.5 inch platen press
  • 1850s Albion iron handpress, 18×24 inch platen
  • Miehle Vertical V-50 automated-feed cylinder press, plus an identical parts press
    See the various tabs for photos and inventories.

My Book collection, built over 40 years, is also for sale.

I have about 450 books about printing history, letterpress, typography, type design, books about books, bookbinding. You may find the lists of book under the tab “Book Collection.”

I also prefer to sell them as a single unit, but if that turns out not to be viable, I’ll entertain the idea of selling them in groups or singly. Check in August about that.
I prefer to sell the shop’s equipment as a single unit – basically a complete turn-key print shop. If interested, send me an email message and tell me a little bit about yourself, your work, and how you might use my equipment.

You may reach me at brian at
Check it all out onthe website:

Two cool things in Greensboro

Art on Paper: The 44th Exhibition

Weatherspoon Art Museum (UNCG)
May 21 – September 3
Art on Paper celebrates contemporary art in which the use of paper—either as surface or material—is a primary concern. Since 1965, this dynamic survey has uniquely taken the pulse of contemporary art by showcasing artworks made on or with paper. This year’s installation features compelling new work by twenty-five artists from across the country. From exquisitely rendered ink drawings and densely layered collages to embroidered pages and “plucked” paper constructions, each artist has taken full advantage of paper’s astonishing possibilities as both surface and structure. In their hands the medium’s flexibility and facility has been used to explore a breadth of themes—from family relationships to geography, science fiction to ancient history, the natural world to digital technology. Visitors are sure to encounter works that both resonate with personal experiences and inspire new ways of thinking.



Greensboro Zine Fest 2017

July 30, 2017
1200 Revolution Mill Rd., Greensboro   

Greensboro’s VERY OWN ZINE FEST where DIY self-publishing and printed matter will be celebrated!

Upcoming Books Arts classes with Kathy Steinsberger at Blam! Studio

Marbling Paper

Fabric Marbling.
Paper Play! (Pastepaper and touch paper)
The Bookish Box
Hedi Kyle’s Books: Secret Belgian Binding; Swinging Panel Book; Blizzard book

see pdf for details

Upcoming classes at Blam! May – June ’17.pdf

Friends of the Durham Library’s Book Sale


Friday, Apr. 28, 3 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 29, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Books Among Friends (inside Northgate Mall near Sears)

Come to the Friends of the Durham Library’s Grand Opening Book Sale at Books Among Friends (inside Northgate Mall near Sears).
The booksale is open to the public, with no Friends membership required and no bagsale.
Hardbacks are $3, trade paperbacks and larger are $2, mass market paperbacks are $1, and everything else is priced as marked.
Please also consider donating gently used books to the Friends of the Durham Library.
Book donations are accepted at Books Among Friends on Tuesday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon.
The donation drop off location is on the exterior of the mall between Sears and Catherines.