Creating Books & Boxes (Paperback)

Fun and Unique Approaches to Handmade Structures

By Benjamin Rinehart

Quarry Books, 9781592532919, 144pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2007

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Complete step-by-step instruction, full-color project photos, detailed step illustrations, diagrams, and tips.

Creating Books & Boxes presents a new volume on book-making techniques by contemporary book instructor Benjamin Rinehart. Rinehart presents a comprehensive resource for creating basic book-making structures as a starting point, but then adds unique twists to make them a little more surprising, fun, and dimensional. The book includes all the basics (tools, adhesives, archival properties, cutting and terminology), through detailed and highly illustrated instructions and includes unique and special methods for finishing the pages. It covers adding elements such as paper dying, copy transfers, stamping, and paste papers. Sophisticated, beautiful, and original projects in a simplified and accessible presentation make this a perfect book for beginners and experienced book-makers alike.

About the Author

Ben Rinehart is a trained artist, and teacher. He teaches printmaking and book arts, and started and led a book-arts program at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). He has also taught in New York and New Jersey at Rutgers/Mason Gross School of the Arts, Pratt Institute, Fordham University, Long Island University, the Center for Book Arts, Manhattan Graphics Center and the Children's Museum of the Arts in SoHo. He conducts workshops at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, MN, Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, MD, San Francisco Center for the Book in San Francisco, CA, Newark Museum in Newark, NJ, Pelham Center for the Arts in Pelham, NY, Brookfield Craft Center in Brookfield, CT, and Silvermine Guild Art Center in New Canaan, CT. Ben currently lives in Appleton, WI where he teaches at Lawrence University. Ben can be found online at

Praise For Creating Books & Boxes: Fun and Unique Approaches to Handmade Structures

This is a book of basic bookbinding and box-making techniques by academic artist and instructor Rinehart. Step-by-step projects include some of the most popular types of books and boxes made by hobbyists. The detailed instructions include line drawings, and both a brief section on surface decoration and a gallery of works by other artists are included. Although there are other specialized books on this topic with more extensive projects, this is a good basic selection for public libraries. - Library Journal February 15, 2007