Bone Tool Making Workshop with Shanna Leino

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 5:00pm

North Hall

Smooth, polished to a shine and fitting perfectly in your hand, there is nothing like the feel of a bone folder you made with your own hands.

During this two day workshop you will be introduced to the tools and techniques needed to form and finish bone folders of your own design. Simple methods of adding ornament to your tools will also be demonstrated. Bring some elbow grease and leave with 2–3 bone folders that will be beautiful both to look at and work with. (Note: please be aware that we will be using real bone. Alternative materials will be discussed but not used in the workshop.)


Shanna Leino is a book and tool maker living and working in Frankfort, Michigan. Her love for early book structures such as the leather-covered Coptic and Ethiopian led her to tool making.

There was a need for a tool she didn’t have—making it was as much fun as using it. Shanna has taught book making classes for Wells College, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, and Penland School of Crafts.


Workshop is full


To be placed on a waiting list



Sponsored by the UI Center for the Book with support from the Windgate Foundation.