Here he is making a box with lid to be covered in salmon parchment. He's following instructions from Fritz Wiese's Sonderarbeiten des Buchbinders. The book was bound by Altmeister Arno Werner and is from his collection. The fish monger's wife brought the raw skin of the fish over requesting a small box for jewelry... Let's see what we can up with for her, especially since she also dropped of a 70+cm salmon skin to make into parchment.
|Fritz Otto is going to make the variant on the left.|
The diagram shows a cross section of the components and how they're covered.
|Here he is edge-paring the shark leather.|
|One shark leather panel is on at the top of the box, next he'll glue on the other.|
When done, he'll put felt on the base, something that'll also hide the turn-ins.
|Pieces going in as they should... So far so good.|
|Everything fits... Good!|
Long sides first, then short sides between those during final assembly.
|Getting ready to glue the salmon onto the sides of the box.|
|Almost done with the turn-ins.|
|Test fitting the lid. If you click on the picture, you can see the join for the "neck."|
This way of creating the "neck" is pretty simple. There are more complex ways
to cover the box that wouldn't show cut edges.
|Lid fits, and the shark and salmon go together well.|
|Can't deliver to fish monger's wife yet. Still need to put paper on|
the inside of the lid's sidewalls, and then some felt on the base.