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Intro to Boxmaking: Drop Spine/Solander Box


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Learn to make sturdy boxes for the protection of books or other items: drop spine boxes (also called Solander or clamshell boxes) are constructed of binder’s board and book cloth to fit the object inside. They can be modified, once you understand the technique, to fit a variety of objects, including multiple objects with shelves and pull-away compartments. You will learn to measure the object and how to work with board, cloth, glue, and the board chopper to construct an archival box.

Students can either bring their own book for which to make a box, or use the dimensions of a book provided. Examples will be shown of both the simple box we will construct and more complicated options, then students will see through demonstrations how to carry out each stage of the process with time to work themselves with assistance as necessary.

The box is built in three stages: first an inner tray is built based on the book’s measurements, then the outer tray is built based on the inner tray, and finally a case, as for a hard-back book, based on the outer tray, connects the two trays. We will also discuss how to make inset labels with the option for those who work more quickly to do so. A small booklet with notes and diagrams will be provided for reference.

Two days (different times each day):
Saturday 30 March, 1:30–4:30pm
Sunday 31 March, 11am–3pm

£77 - See RHACC website to book.