North House Folk School © Bryan Hansel

Learn How To Make a Clamshell Box

I’ll be teaching my first class at North House Folk School in beautiful Grand Marais, Minnesota, right on the shore of Lake Superior, next year in May. It’s an introductory class in making clamshell boxes, whether for a portfolio of photographs, drawings, etchings, books, or anything you may want to keep safe.

You’ll learn how to accurately measure, cut materials, and build your own clamshell case to take home. All materials will be supplied and pre-cut to size prior to the start of class but we’ll discuss recommended equipment, choice of book cloths, papers, and the different adhesives and their uses for those who wish to continue constructing cases on their own time. No previous experience is necessary and all tools will be provided.

I’ll be there with Beth, who will be teaching a 3-day hand-sewn leather tool bag class. Visit Fieldwork Goods to see the beautiful leather bags, wallets and other items she makes, all hand-sewn (no machines) the traditional way, with two needles and linen thread.

Memorial Day Weekend

This class falls on the Memorial Day Weekend, which means the area hotels and B&Bs will be busy, so if you’re thinking of signing up for the class, plan ahead and book early!

Dates and Registration

Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th, 2023
9am – 5pm
Class information and registration.


More information about the school, how to get there, what to expect, where to stay, and much more can be found on the North House website.

Il fullxfull 3257655904 r576 be5d436f 6d44 4b46 998b 0cddf4f96b9b 1024x1024 2x 1 Il fullxfull 3305300427 gif6 63fe187c 196d 4fee 8153 a48cf65aa962 1024x1024 2x 1 Il fullxfull 3305350605 pv4n 49cf9d58 73eb 4489 aeb8 078c56b6a0c9 1024x1024 2x 1