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【WORKSHOP】Box Making with John DeMerritt


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Date: Saturday November 19th, 2022
Time: 9AM - 4PM (One hour lunch break at noon)
Location: Hiromi Paper, Inc. 
9469 Jefferson Blvd suite 117
Culver City, CA 90232

Max Class size: 12

Price: $150.00 per person

Refund Policy: No refunds on cancellations that occur within one week of workshop day.

Please bring:

- bone folder with pointed tip (regular or Teflon) *
- scissors *
- small snap off knife (Olfa)
- 3” or 4” plastic or aluminum triangle
- steel straight edge (ruler is fine)
- 1” brush with metal ferrule. Flat or round tip.
- small watercolor brushes (inexpensive ones are fine)
- self-healing cutting mat, small

Of course, bring any of your favorite tools!
(* Workshop participants will receive a 15% discount for bone/Teflon folder or Nevanon scissor purchase) 


Two boxes with John DeMerritt
Box making has its origins as a tributary of 19th bookbinding craft. Using the same techniques and materials as bookbinding, box making also utilizes simple principles of joinery to create housings that protect work and reinforce content.

Participants will spend the workshop exploring the construction of two uniform sized boxes. A kit of cut substrate materials and covering materials will be provided, along with adhesives and a basic tool list. We’ll use this time to go over covering techniques, miters, cutting sequences, templates, formulas, and adhesive awareness. One box will be covered with paper and the other with paper-backed bookcloth.

Time allowing, we will also discuss techniques for cutting binders’ board without a board shear, formula based approaches to cutting box components, reviewing covering techniques, and exploring other related box structures.


John DeMerritt owns and operates John DeMerritt Bookbinding, in Emeryville, CA. His studio produces books and portfolios for artists, galleries, fine press publishers and institutions.

John has taught and lectured at The SF Center for the Book, The Kala Institute, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Visual Studies Workshop, Oregon College or Arts and Craft, The Guild of Bookworkers, The North Bennett Street School, UC Santa Cruz, Dartmouth College, Paper and Book Intensive and the Penland School of Craft.

From 2000 to 2013, he taught Book Structure at the San Francisco Art Institute.
John and his wife, Nora Pauwels, publish collaborative projects with artists under their imprint DeMerritt | Pauwels Editions.