At the OCALI conference last week I learned a lot about cardboard carpentry and appropriate paper-based technology in a workshop with Molly Campbell of the Perkins School for the Blind Assistive Device Center (Watertown, MA) and Alex Truesdale of the Adaptive Design Association (New York, NY).
First off, as a result I bought a hot glue gun (large size) and pulled out some donated rolls of velcro and now have them in the ArtBreak studio. We will pilot them tomorrow morning. The velcro will take a demonstration by way of introduction to the children, the hot glue gun close supervision at least for a while. Both of these will make cardboard construction MUCH easier and stronger.
Molly and Alex both direct workshops that make customized adaptive equipment and furniture.
A survey of technologies for making lots of things using paper: Bevill Packer’s manual entitled Appropriate Paper-Based Technology.