Making a Drop Spine Box | Newberry

Making a Drop Spine Box

Saturday, June 28, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 28 – July 19 (class will not meet July 5)

9 am – Noon

Led by Barbara Korbel
This class has been cancelled.

Some books are so fragile they cannot be mended. Others are so valuable they need special protection. Whether it’s an overfilled scrapbook with pages tumbling out or a rare volume with a beautiful binding, both benefit from the protection a drop spine box offers. This elegant, easy to make enclosure is used in special collection libraries across the world and will help protect against damaging effects in your home library. Participants will make a model tray and a custom box to house a small book. Sessions are cumulative so please plan to attend all of them.

Barbara Korbel is the Collections and Exhibitions Conservator at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • Bone folder*
  • Awl*
  • Bookbinding needle*
  • OLFA or X-acto knife
  • Small container of PVA adhesive
  • Pencil and notebook
  • Small container for water
  • Metal ruler
  • Medium glue brush
  • *Available in the Newberry bookstore individually or packaged with other useful bookbinding tools. Other materials and tools can be purchased at your nearest art supply store.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Three sessions, $202 (includes a $15 materials fee).
This class has been cancelled.