Making Bone Tools and Objects by Hand

Taught by Jim Croft

Much like hard wood, bone is incredibly versatile and can be used to create an array of objects. Through the guidance of your instructor, Jim Croft, you will learn various techniques including filing, sawing, drilling, and whittling with bone or antler. You will then utilize those techniques to form a wide range of tools and other small objects such as needles, buttons, crochet hooks, or objects of your own design. A large variety of bones will be available to choose from.



Jim Croft is a Medieval bookbinder and papermaker who has been binding since 1970. He is internationally known for his skill, and since 2008 he has enjoyed a refreshing side career making and teaching the wood board – textile spine longstitch binding structure. Jim’s focus is on the materials and structure of a book, and teaches the “Old Ways of Making Books,” which includes making tools, thread, and paper, along with wood boards and brass clasps, on his 39 ½ acres in northern Idaho.

Supply List

  • Bone or antler (if you would like. There will be bone provided as well)

  • Lunch and beverage

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.

DATE Fri, October 11th

TIME 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COST $125

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Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory & Educational Foundation | 1754 E. 47th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44103  |  Phone 216.361.9255


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