We have a fantastic team of craftspeople in Warren, Rhode Island.
Hi! My names Dan Shedd, and I am the company President- in fact I’m the third generation in my family to own and operate Taylor Box Co. The Company was bought by my grandfather Howard Scholes in the 1920s, passed on to my father Martin Shedd in 1968, and my brother Dave and I took the helm in 1980. In the past 35 years, Taylor Box Company has grown from a producer of jewelry and small tool boxes to the leader in innovative paperboard packaging. Market focus is consumer products, promotional, marketing and luxury brand-defining packaging. The facility is now over 55,000sq ft and houses both state-of-the-art Emmici and Kolbus machinery and a full service design studio with the most recent design software and sample making equipment availalble. In my free time, I am an enthusiastic vegetable gardener, fly fisherman, and not-so-terrible glass blower. I love Jimi Hendrix, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and to spend time on Block Island with my family, friends and two yellow labs, Max and Ollie.
I am a life-long New Englander, born and raised in Bellingham, MA- home of the Blackhawks! I started in Marketing Research in the Plastics Industry after graduating with a B.S. in Marketing from Providence College. A friend of mine introduced me to Taylor Box and I was so impressed with the talent and performance of the company I knew I wanted in- and I’ve been inspired ever since that first visit. I enjoy learning about the companies we work with – what their challenges and goals are – and I love being a part of the solution. I’ve had the opportunity to continue to learn, taking RISD CE course in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator- what can I say: I have a ton of fun with what I do! When I’m not putting out fires at Taylor Box, I love hiking, Zumba, and travelling- Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Hawaii, New Orleans, and Bremen, Germany are some of my favorite places.
My journey to box making and design started with a foray into rare book selling after high school. I owned an out of print bookshop in Peacedale, RI in the ’70s (Sign of the Unicorn Bookshop). I always had a love of books – both reading and collecting. Since I prefer to be a ‘hands on’ type of person, I then became interested in the construction of books and started apprenticing as a bookbinder with Stuart Einhorn at the Hawthorne Bindery in Wakefield ,RI. After a few years of working together, we found an interest in box construction on a small scale as part of the book bindery work. This led to us both to working at box making companies in RI until we branched off on our own to form Portfoliobox© in 1984. Portfoliobox© was founded on, and remains focused on, high quality handmade portfolio boxes, folios and other packaging for art, photography and corporate presentation. I’ve lived in RI my whole life and have a second career (or avocation) growing bonsai and teaching this art at New England Bonsai Gardens in Bellingham MA. I have been teaching there since 1999 and started a two year program in 2008. I also am an avid hiker, enjoy biking and gardening. My love of plants matches my love of box making. My father and grandfather were both born in Italy and shared their love of growing plants and trees with me. Of course, I still love to read as well.
I really became interested in box making through book binding, but to start at the beginning- I grew up in Cranston, RI. I went to Roger Williams University where I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology. I spent the next 4 years teaching, first in Israel and then at Head Start in Providence, RI, before I decided to go to graduate school. It was while I was getting my Masters in Literature at the University of Rhode Island that I took up book binding as a hobby; I studied with bookbinder Daniel Knowlton at Brown University. I knew right away that it was something I liked, and also had an aptitude for. After graduating, I opened my own bindery, the Hawthorne Bindery in Wakefield, RI, and continued to study the craft under bookbinder Gerard Charriere in NYC. It was during this time John Romano came to apprentice with me at the bindery. After three years, I decided to close Hawthorne Bindery and went to work in sales in the Museum Box division of Excel Case Company, while I continued to do book bindery work in my free time. In 1984, John and I decided to become partners and open Portfoliobox©, making high quality handmade portfolio boxes, folios and other packaging for art, photography and corporate presentation. I still have my handtools, and when I retire hopefully I can open another book bindery. In the meantime, I am an avid cyclist, reader, and gardener.