Boxing the Book

Taught by Cris Takacs

Boxmaking is a handy technique, whether you’re submitting a book for an exhibition or protecting a family heirloom. During this one day workshop, you will learn how to make a simple clamshell box that only requires your hands, some bricks, and minimal tools. You will go home with a box, as well as an understanding of basics such as grain direction, material selection and preparation, knife holding etiquette, and more.


Cris Clair Takacs lives and works in Chardon, OH with her husband Bob, two cats and a corgi. Cris is the owner of Books Bound & Repaired and has been restoring books for over 30 years specializing in 19th century binding, children’s books, pop-up books, and ephemera for collectors and book dealers. Her design bindings have been featured in exhibits and are in private and university collections. Cris has been a member of the Guild of Book Workers since 1986 and has help many offices in the organization.

Supply List

  • Book or object for boxing (no larger than 9 x 2 x 6)

  • Bone folder

  • Scissors

  • Exact-o knife

  • Etility knife blades

  • 2 right angles

  • Cutting mat

  • Straight edge

  • Ruler

  • Sanding block and sandpaper

  • Mechanical pencil

  • Decorative paper to match your book (optional)

  • 1/3 yd. book cloth (optional)

  • ½ wide flat crush for adhesive

  • Small weights/wrapped bricks

  • Lunch and beverage

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

DATE Sat, February 15th

TIME 10:00 am–4:00 pm

COST $115

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


Hours of Operation: 10 am - 4 pm, Tuesday - Saturday