Magnetic Slip Case
Saturday, February 23rd, 10:30- 5:30pm
Instructor: Richard Pollock- Nelson
Calling all booklovers! Protect books with special meaning to you by taking this class with local bookbinder Richard Pollock-Nelson. Perhaps you have an antique volume, a family heirloom, or a handmade art book. A decorative slip case both safeguards the book and makes a visual statement signifying that it’s of importance. A magnetic closure, such as the one on the slip case that Richard’s crafted, is a lovely addition. He’ll teach a “Double Wall” technique for constructing the slip case and will walk you through how to measure and cut the pieces. Richard takes the time to point out how the measurements can later be adapted to fit any book. In the interest of time, however, everything for the class will be pre-cut to fit a purchased “practice” book. You’ll work with book cloth and lining paper to cover the prepared parts. You’ll then add a magnet for the closure and assemble the case so that it functions smoothly. Though the slip case is designed for a book, we also envision it as a special presentation for almost anything – a collection of photos or small pieces of art, for example.
Please bring the following materials to class:
- Bag lunch and water bottle for the short lunch break
- 12” metal ruler, preferably with no cork on the bottom
- Olfa Knife/ scapel/ X-acto knife with sharp blades and refills. Richard likes the Olfa knife because of its very fine, very sharp blade
- Sharp scissors for fine cutting
- Optional: apron
So that you can make a book at home to match your slip case, Richard will have journal kits for sale for $25 each. Besides paper and book cloth, the kit contains a text block of Mohawk Superfine 70lb paper. The binding is hand sewn, headbands have been added, and the spine has been glued and lined.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Richard Pollock-Nelson’s love of fountain pens led him to bookbinding. While at the San Francisco International Pen Show in 2012 he bought himself a handmade journal. Looking at it, Richard decided he could make one himself. Though he hadn’t had any classes and, in his words, didn’t know what he was doing, he figured things out. His Christmas gifts that year? Lovely handmade journals with faux cowhide covers! Richard has since embraced bookbinding, attending advanced classes and earning a certification in bookbinding from the San Francisco Center for the Book. He’s best known to the Two Hands Paperie Community for the unusual cigar box journals carried in the store. Two of them were displayed at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco during an annual exhibit held by the Hand Bookbinders of California. Besides cigar boxes, Richard also enjoys working with goat leather, Japanese paper, hand marbled papers, and other specialty materials. Richard still loves fountain pens and continues to attend pen shows, but now as an exhibitor selling his handmade journals. They are, of course, fountain pen friendly. Learn more about Richard’s work at www.handbounddesigns.com.