NEGBW Bind-along: The Continuously Convoluting Carousel

Update: We’re so pleased that there’s been so much interest in the Continuously Convoluting Carousel structure. This means that the Bind-along has sold out. However, the Show and Tell will be open to everyone, not just for the Bind-along participants, so feel free to join us then! Registration for the August 19th Show and Tell will be forthcoming.

If you want to learn the structure on your own, Graham offers the instruction booklets for sale here: A Manual of Instruction for the Continuously Convoluting Carousel.

We look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with – see you in August for the Show and Tell!


Join the New England Guild of Book Workers as we create our own Continuously Convoluting Carousels from home! This structure, invented by member Graham Patten, can be inverted on itself indefinitely, revealing a sequence of four different hidden openings or displays. Currently featured in the NEGBW’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition with artwork by Sarah Smith, the structure employs the same double-action hinges of a Jacob’s Ladder toy to create the carousel movement. Graham presented on this structure at the 2019 Standards of Excellence in 2019; that video is available to GBW members here.

How it works: Registration includes a kit of pre-cut and measured materials and an instruction book to be sent to your address. You supply basic tools and adhesive (PVA). Graham will hold an online “orientation session” for participants on July 15 at 7:30pm ET to introduce the structure, review the instructions, and answer any preliminary questions (note: you do not need your materials kit for the first session – it will be recorded so you can refer back to it). You’ll then have a month to work on your carousel, with Graham available via email for any particularly tricky questions. We’ll meet again on August 19 at 7:30pm ET for an online Show and Tell session. You can show your assembled kit, or make another carousel with your own materials if desired. We look forward to seeing what you make!

  • Event Location: Zoom
  • Event Dates and Time: 
    • Intro session on July 15, 2021 at 7:30pm ET
    • Show and Tell session on August 19, 2021 at 7:30pm ET
  • Deadline for Registration: TBD; limited to 20 participants
  • Price for Members: $45
  • Price for Non-Members: $60

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