What is the course about?
This course will enable you to measure, cut and construct a ‘Rare Book design’ drop-back box to an exact size of your choice. This style is assembled from two separately made and covered trays and a case. The book tray is four-sided and double-walled.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will discuss box making materials and construction techniques, most specifically in relation to this design. You will be shown how to make and use a measuring kit and we will explore accurate measuring of an item and accurate and safe cutting of greyboard and millboard. We will look at options for box linings and you will choose one to use with your box.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Accurately measure an item and cut board to make a well-fitting drop-back box.
• Construct a four-sided book box tray with hand access on one side and double walls.
• Construct and cover book box trays and a case neatly using book cloth
• Line book box trays with paper, felt, pads.
• Handle tools and materials within Health and Safety guidelines.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate level course. Some previous box-making experience would be useful.
Students will be given guidance but it is expected that they will be able to measure and cut accurately or be willing to learn how to do so. You will need to be able to cut board by hand and be confident in handling sharp knives. An attention to detail will be a distinct advantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• You will be taught online by demonstration, visual aids, practical tasks, whole group and small group discussion, and with individual support and guidance from the tutor.
• You will be taught using Zoom for the LIVE sessions with your tutor and Google Classroom ELearning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos live sessions links
• You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions starts.
• Some work will be undertaken during the online sessions but most will be completed in your own time between sessions. You will be able to access demonstration videos at any time during the course and students will have a 1:1 time with the tutor between each online class.
• You will need a computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser as this works best.
• Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
• If you are using a tablet or mobile device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera check if suitable before your course starts.
• You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth during live sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to provide your own materials, tools and equipment for this course. This includes access to a flat work surface of a reasonable size. Also required will be a large cutting mat or scrap board, measuring equipment including safety rulers, and sharp knives such a standard Craft knife or ‘Stanley’ knife, good large and small scissors, a variety of sizes of glue brush, PVA, Grey board or Millboard and appropriate quality book cloth. A general ‘small tool’ kit used in bookbinding will be useful too if you have on. A list and further guidance will be provided after enrolment.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VD416 Japanese books and boxes
VD357 Bradel binding
VD320 Bookbinders improvers workshop
VD410 Miniature Binding
VD322 City Lit Bookbinding intermediate
VD402 Hand marbled paper.