The One Hour Clamshell Box





Instructor: Sam Ellenport
Skill Level: all levels
Materials Fee: $40.00
Length of workshop: 1 day

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019



Workshop description:

Clamshell or fall-back boxes have an enormous range of uses in bookbinding, and are extremely popular. The variety of ways to construct such boxes is huge; indeed, the Library of Congress manual is well over 100 pages long, and there are a many videos on YouTube. Unfortunately some are of questionable quality. Most of these techniques take a long time, which often makes such boxes unfeasible from a financial standpoint. From past experience, I have streamlined the process so that these boxes can be made with an hour of labor. From measuring to construction, students will learn the shortcuts and efficiencies which make such boxes practical to create. At the end of the session, students will have at least one completed box and several in various stages of completion to be used as references. Students are encouraged to bring small books or objects to measure for their own boxes.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
bone folder
a straight-edge
box-cutting knife
self-healing mat for cutting
paste brush
a sheet of decorative paper
PVA glue
waste paper
weights (paper-covered brick provided by FOBA)
plastic containers for paste, water, and glue
paper towels

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
binders’ board
chip board
lining papers
wax paper
case folders