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kaplan packing part dux

updated fri 20 jan 06


Lee Love on fri 20 jan 06

During my three year apprenticeship, part of what I learned about was
packing. During that time, we never had any breakage in shipment and
some of these shipments included single pieces worth $30,000.00

I think a large part of the successful packing is related to
Jonathan's method. Everything is double boxed, and the interior boxes
are made of pawlonia wood. The pots are packed into the wooden boxes,
wrapped in strips of styrofoam paper. The boxes are then wrapped in
regular paper, to protect the box surface. Typically, the exterior
boxes were new boxes, two boxes, one set over the other so as to make
an expandible box height-wise, which gave some variability of size.
If the shipment were to hold less than a box load, the top was cut down
to fold smaller. The cardboard boxes were lined with bubble pack,
with bubble pack added to fill any loose spaces. Wooden boxes could
be packed next to each other, without padding between. They were
packed in tight and allowed no movement within the cardboard boxes. The
boxes were closed with plastic strapping and fasteners. For a
department store show, we would often pack and ship over two dozen of
these cardboard boxes. We packed the same way for shipments overseas.

When pieces were shipped without being placed in a wooden
box, for example, if the wooden boxes were not yet made and had to be
shipped later (this sometimes happened when pots were shipped to be
photographed for the catalog), each pot was wrapped in sheets of
styrofoam paper and then put into boxes lined with bubble pack.

Lee Love
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