Pietro Accardi – Secretary Box

InstructorPietro Accardi
Skill LevelAll Levels
Length of Workshop2 days
Date (s)Saturday–Sunday, June 29–30, 2024
Cost$175 per day x 2 days + $45 Material Fee
Total Price of Workshop$395

Workshop Description:

The secretary box features one large bottom drawer, two recessed diagonal drawers, and three niches within a hatch top opening. The box is entirely covered with marbled fabric, dimensions: 10 inches wide, 7 inches deep, and 6 inches tall. Students will acquire a wide variety of skills that can be applied to bookbinding, box making, and other fine handcrafts. Pietro will provide a wide variety of unique marbled fabric to choose for your box (this is always the most difficult part of the class). In this two day class you’ll climb the mountain step by step with Pietro and you will complete a unique decorative box that will beautify a precious spot in your house.

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

  • X-Acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Apron
  • Glue brush
  • Metal ruler
  • Scissors for cutting fabric
  • Some weights

See Materials Glossary for definitions and images

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:

  • Glue
  • Binders board
  • Marbled paper
  • Decorative inner liners

Instructor Biography:

Pietro is native to the northwestern Italian city of Turin where his father Gaetano founded and operated the printing press “Tipografia Accardi.” His youth spent in the press lead him to paper marbling, restoration and bookbinding. Pietro established “La Legatoria del Sole,” an artisanal bookbindery in Turin. It served Turin’s Municipal Archives, public, and university libraries. After coming to the U.S. he started teaching at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Together with his wife Vanessa he has founded Accardi Book Arts: a book arts studio and bindery in Gardnerville to preserve the tradition of handmade books.

Website: www.accardibookarts.com