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Doors, Drawers & Windows: Paper House Structure

  • Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave E Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)

Instructor:  Randi Parkhurst
Date: May 7, 8, 9 & 10 (Thurs. – Sun.)
Time: Instruction is 10 am – 5:00 pm
Cost$336 + Additional $40 for materials due to instructor on the day of the class
Registration closes:  May 4

Number of Students: Min – 8 max -12
Skill level: all levels

Materials provided by student: Self-healing cutting mat, Bone folder, Bookbinding awl, Scissors, small and large, PVA, Glue brush,  Bookbinding needles or embroidery needles (a couple will do), a 6” metal ruler, Mechanical pencil with extra erasers and leads (#5 or #7 leads), 1 or 2 spools linen bookbinding thread, waxed or unwaxed (any color), X-Acto knife with extra #11 blades or knife with extra snap-off blades, Tweezers (cheap eyebrow tweezers are fine), Scalpel or a few flat toothpicks for inserting glue into small spaces, 1 or 2 cheap emery boards or a sheet of fine-grit sand paper.
The following are available at, in Lacey WA:
Bone folder
Bookbinding awl
PVA glue
Cheap glue brush
Bookbinding needle, #18
Linen bookbinding thread, 18/3
(The rest of the items are available at a craft or art supply store.)

Class Description:  This fun and unique workshop will focus on the mechanics of doors, drawers and windows as an integral part of an interactive box structure. Working from excellent models and clear instructions we will explore several techniques for making hinged doors, drawers that slide easily and windows made from unusual materials. These elements can hide and house words, objects, drawings, small books and more. We will also explore the possibilities when using materials like paper sticks, linen thread, metal washers, beads and other common materials to fashion drawer handles, door pulls and feet. Each student will construct a house with a removable roof, hidden drawers and cubbyholes. All levels welcome. Some experience with working with paper helpful.

Notes: All classes take place at the Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave. E., Olympia, WA 98501. Classes will be canceled if minimum number of students are not registered. Registering early helps us prepare and offer the highest quality experience for everyone and there is no risk: Full refunds are provided if classes are canceled.   The Arbutus Folk School proudly admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. 

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