Custom Clamshell Box

with Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Wednesdays: November 3, 10, 17, 24; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Learn how to make an elegant and archival custom-fit clamshell box for one of your treasured books. The clamshell box features two nested trays with a drop-spine case, covered in durable bookcloth. Learn how to measure your book to create a custom-fit box, including how to troubleshoot if your book has inconsistent dimensions (for example, the spine is thicker than the rest of the book). There will be options for label recesses and decorative elements. This workshop offers a beautiful way to protect cherished books from weathering, warping, and other damage. 

A materials kit will include materials to make one clamshell box for a book (from your collection) with maximum dimensions of 9 x 12 x 3 inches. Covering options are black, gray, or blue bookcloth, with neutral beige liner paper. Some bookbinding or box making experience is recommended. Participants should be comfortable with measuring and cutting board or paper with a utility knife and triangle. For participants new to boxmaking, it is recommended to choose a book with consistent dimensions (for example, the spine is the same thickness as the rest of the book) around 5 x 7 x 1 inches.

Some experience required
Certificate: 8 hours, Category B, C or D

$165/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 materials fee*
$85 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 materials fee*
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.
*Shipping available within the continental US only

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list). This workshop also includes a materials kit that the teaching artist will ship to the address provided at registration (paid for by the materials fee*).

Please note: Registration closes 10/18 at midnight (CT).