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  • Boxing Up Treasures

    Posted on June 4th, 2009 Dirk No comments
    Last weekend my wife and I attended a class at the University of Utah’s Book Arts Studio on how to make presentation boxes.  It was a class called “Boxing It Up” by Chris McAfee. 

    The goal of the class was to teach you how to make a presentation box, or a box to store a book or some other collectable.  We were suppose to bring an object that we would want to save/store/preserve.  Anyway, we missed that instruction.  When we arrived, we were shown the process of designing the box.  We were then told to measure our objects and plan our boxes.  Great!  I didn’t bring anything.  Good thing I always carry my Leatherman multi-purpose tool and Maglite.  These became my objects to build my box around.  You can find instructions on how to build a Clamshell Box from Cornell.

    Some of the book cloth that we had to choose from didn’t move me at the time, so I selected the black.  Mistake!  The black is not forgiving at all on any glue goobers.  The black cloth can also take on a shine if you are not careful in working the folds with your bone folder.

    This design uses quite a bit of book board.  The box is quite heavy.  Over all, I enjoyed the class.  I would have liked a little more discussion on the where’s, why’s and how’s of designing a box.  The class was a little too unstructured for my taste.

     
    Presentation Box

    Presentation Box

     
    Opening the Box

    Opening the Box

     
    Fully Open

    Fully Open

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