Boxing it up at the Library
19 July 2011
I love making boxes. In a previous life I used to be known as theboxgirl because I made small wooden boxes. There's something about a box that brings the curious out of people; what's in it? At the Library however, no time for such dreamings. A box is a means of housing an item, a very practical no-nonsense approach to storing. I don't seem to box as much as I would like; I have too many books to repair. But we have a steady repertoire of box types. Let me tell you about what I can make. The phase box:
This is the quickest way of storing an item. It is made in two parts, and I no longer burn myself with the hot glue gun. There is the least wastage of material, and for a time in its life the item will be well protected.
The corrugated board box:
This is the muscle man, the heavy duty box which I have used mainly for Janey who works with the Ephemera Collection. It is the perfect box to house a collection of items that range from A4 booklets to pins and stickers. I can make compartments and trays. It takes a little while, and is usually made from one single sheet of corrugated cardboard box. If the box is too thin, then I have a hard time folding the sides over because the board is thick. This also requires the hot glue gun, and I talk quite a lot to myself in the box making process. The clam shell box:
This is my favourite. When I first started here I wanted to put every other item in a clam shell.This box, however, takes the longest. Recently I made a case for a miniature book. The problem with minis is how to store them safely. Dave came up with a box size that would be standard; we would just need to adapt the interior to the miniature, so it could be kept on the shelf without fear of damage.
These clam shells are made of box board, then covered with buckram. The one of which I am currently proudest is the Japanese wrap around box. I had so much fun making it up. The original case had disintegrated; I was able to salvage the tie ends and use them in the new version.
Every item that comes across my boxing table presents its own challenge. So while I could make 5 phase boxes in a day, and they are basically made the same way, thinking about the method, about the most suitable box for the item keeps my interest going.