Online Workshop: Preservation Enclosures

TBA | 6 weeks
6 pre-recorded video tutorials and PDF instructions posted each Tuesday at 8:00 am ET. Access to a private chat area for questions and comments, additional videos posted when neededZoom office hours will let you answer questions live and to meet the class.

CAD $275 (CAD $335 with curated materials kit) – (about $200 or $243 USD)

Students in the US, email us at to arrange payment.

Register by May 1 to ensure Materials Kits arrive before the workshop starts.

Instructor: Andrew Huot

Preservation Enclosures

Do you work at a library or are you a collector of materials that are fragile or rare, and want a better set of options for housing them safely?

Join us for Preservation Enclosures. We’ll be learning about the tools and materials you’ll need to make boxes and enclosures for a variety of materials. Each week we’ll concentrate on a different style of box. Once the workshop is completed, you’ll have several options to protect your books and papers.

In this course you will learn:

How to measure your books and papers for an enclosure.
How to judge the best materials to use for preservation enclosures.
How to create eight (8) enclosures for a variety of materials.
Skills to make and adapt the structures for any book or collection.

Level of Experience / Skills Required

All levels; no prior book-making experience required. Some comfort with accurate measuring, folding, and cutting with blades/knives will be helpful to master the skills taught in this workshop.

You will need the following supplies:


Lignin Free Board / Map folder stock – 10 point
Lignin Free Board / Map folder stock – 20 point
B-Flute Corrugated archival cardboard
Book Cloth
Binder Board
80# acid-free text paper

Kits of curated materials are available as part of the class. Materials will be from a variety of sources and cut to size, which will allow you to make each enclosure.


Bone Folder
Craft Knife / Olfa / Xacto
Metal Ruler
Self-healing cutting mat or cutting surface
Small (3 – 5″) and large (7 -12″) metal or plastic triangles

3M 415 Double sided tape
PVA Adhesive

In the US, assembled tool kits for this class can be found at Colophon Book Arts, link here. You can purchase the basic kit at the link and add on any additional tools for this workshop. You can also purchase tools from any bookbinding supplier on the resource page or at your local art supply store.

In Canada, you can find these tools at George Hill & Co, link here.

Register by May 1 to ensure Materials Kits arrive before the workshop starts.

How this online workshop works


Video tutorials and accompanying pdfs will be posted weekly in the morning. You can access these materials any time once they are released, and work at your own pace. You’ll have time to complete the lesson at your convenience before moving on to the next lesson on the following Tuesday. During the week, I’ll be checking messages in the chat area to answer any questions you may have along the way.


Tutorials post at 8 am ET
Week 1, Orientation and Tuxedo Box
Week 2, Self Closing Wrapper & Soft Sided Slipcase
Week 3, Corrugated clamshell box
Week 4, Inset box options
Week 5, The Folger Wrapper
Week 6, Wrapper with a hard case