Cigar Box


Students will learn how to construct a simple box with a hinged lid, perfect to house a book, documents, photos, tools, or just about anything. Students will be provided with a pre-cut kit and will be guided through the process of assembling the box, using book board, book cloth, and decorative paper. Important bookbinding techniques, such as grain direction, measuring, cutting, and gluing will be covered.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 2pm-5pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Amanda Stevenson
Cost: $45 tuition + $5 materials fee

Note: Members receive a 10% discount off the price of tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member.

Completion of this class will qualify you to use the studios for your own projects. Details on Open Studio may be found here.

Amanda Stevenson is the director of the newly formed Austin Book Arts Center. She cut her teeth in the book arts at the Center for Book Arts in New York City, where she was the Registrar/Administrator from 2004-2007. Availing herself with many classes in bookbinding and letterpress, she learned from some of the best. Before coming to ABAC, she worked for seven years at The Printing Museum in Houston, primarily as the Curator, where she was responsible for organizing exhibitions, collections management, and education programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, with a concentration in special collections management, and a BA in Art History from UT Austin.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.


Gift Certificates are available. Click here for more information.
♦ Successfully completing a class at ABAC will qualify a student to use the Studio and equipment during Open Studio times, with certain restrictions. Please click here for rates and policies.
♦ Classes are listed in chronological order by start date. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.
♦ Members receive a 10% discount on tuition and materials. Please click here to join as a Member. To receive the discount, please select the Member Rate on the drop-down, under Choose an Option. This is located on the registration page for each individual workshop.
♦ You can register for multiple classes by clicking the Add to Cart button. If you want to take the class with a friend, you can also register multiple people!
♦ Payments are processed securely through the PayPal website. You do not need a PayPal account, but may process your order as a guest.
♦ Tuition and all materials are covered by the cost of the class. Students will be notified in advance if the instructor requests that students bring simple tools. Nothing fancy or expensive will be required in addition.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Students will receive a full refund or credit if cancelling a registration at least three business days before the first class meeting. Cancellations must be received in writing or by email at If a student cancels less than three business days before the first class meeting, or drops out of a class in progress, full tuition and fees are forfeited. ABAC reserves the right to cancel a class due to under-enrollment. Registered students will be notified by phone and email 48 hours in advance if a cancellation due to under-enrollment should occur.
♦ Please contact us at if you encounter any problems or wish to provide feedback, suggestions for classes, instructors, or anything really.