Sunday, January 12, 2014

Leather clamshell box w/ rounded spine

Though I've seen curious lights in the sky, they probably were either called stars, air planes, satellites or meteorites. Though I've heard unusual sounds after dark, they most likely were an old pipe squeaking or unwelcome creatures moving around, or a neighbor couple arguing over what to have for dinner. Though I've captured ominous images on photos, they probably were due to reflections, dust particles, BBQ smoke or my freaking hand covering the camera lens by an accident. Jesus, however hasn't magically appeared on my toast yet, despite the fact I've burnt helluva lots of things in the kitchen. No images of the Lord, yet. Even if He ever actually had shown up on one of my toasts, I guess I probably thought it was just another burnt toast without realizing it was actually Him. (oops, sorry.. So, I took a picture of my lunch today to see if He was there or not. No luck. Or do you see anything on my toasts!?! haha..)
I consider myself a rationally open minded person, so I neither dismiss nor accept those who clam their unexplainable, unidentifiable, paranormal experiences because I've never seen them, heard them, undergone such incidences myself. Don't get me wrong, I sure look forward to encountering such experiences, but I don't get obsessed about pursuing the proof of the existence of those phenomena. However, I think I'd probably wish ghost phenomenon would be truly real if I lost someone who's very special to me. I'd wish him/her to show up as a ghost so that I could see and talk to them once again, even for a minute. So, I could relate to Sir Oliver Lodge who got into the field of paranormal after the death of his beloved son, and wrote a book about his son and his experiments on the subject.

Well, the book involved in the work posted here was by Sir Lodge, so I just wrote that. But anyway, the client has a Houdidni's personal copy of Raymond or Life and Death by Sir Oliver Lodge, and asked for a clamshell box for it. Since the book is the copy owned by H. Houdini himself, the client asked for a clamshell in full leather to make it more special. For any leather boxes, you can easily make them look like normal books on the shelf by making the spine slightly round, and they would look more like real books with raised cords, etc.- A little trick binders do. Well, it can be a secret box disguising as Joy of Cooking in which you hide a stash of cash behind your spouse's back! haha. - In fact, an acquaintance of mine has asked me to make a "fake-book" box titled in some innocent phrases like "My Life" in order to hide his weed in it. (hahahaHA!) .... I declined, needless to say..

But... Ahhhh! Americans! (hahaha... You can't help but love their easy-going nature!)


  1. I realized that I have comment on you blog too often that I need to restrain.But,I really really couldn't help laughing while I was reading this post,hahaha,M ,you should be a writer,it is so funny as well as the perfect picture of your lunch:)) B.T.W. Did you eat only 2 pieces of toasts for your lunch?To me it is only dessert.
    As to the rounded spine clamshell box,I made one before and it is difficult for me to make a fine one(there seems to be 2 kinds of rounded spine clamshell boxes,I could only found a few instructions on it,so I have to experiment by myself , your pictures showed some details which will be a great help to me.My ability of spatial imagination is poor,I could not easily remember the instructions of different kinds of boxes,such as the measurements ,procedures... So I had to practise again and again.Now I totally forgot how to make a clamshell box:( I plan to make several next month.


    1. My eating habit is really strange and kinda messed up. I don't eat breakfast because my stomach doesn't wake up until I have 3~4 cups of tea, (I've quit drinking coffee since last November. I think I sleep better at night now. Yey!) By then, it's already past noon. So, that toasts on the picture are actually my brunch, and two pieces of toasts are more than plenty for me. I eat actual lunch or should I call it a "lundinner" between 3:30~6pm. Unhealthy as hell.

      Well, what part of the clamshell process do you have troubles with? Let me know if I can be of any help. Remember, there's nothing complicated about box making. All the necessary measurements are right in front of you. ;-)

  2. Weed is legal now, though. There's probably a whole niche market just waiting to be created. :D