Some people give me grief about destroying old books, so I think it is important to make clear that I love books, too! Because of this, I only use books that are no longer appreciated for their content, and I never carve rare or new books. I've deliberately put down books (that would have made lovely carvings) if I think someone is likely to appreciate them intact. My favorite subjects are reference books that are several editions out of date, rescued from garage sales, free giveaways, and second-hand shops. Although most people aren't interested in these old books for the information they contain, carving them gives them a second chance to be of value. My weapons of choice are exacto knives, rotary cutters, tweezers, rulers, pliers, files, custom cut panes of glass, and lots of glue.
For more examples of my work, head on over to Hokey Stokes! or check out works available for purchase at my Etsy store. If you have a book that you might like re-purposed, please get in touch with me at email@example.com and we can discuss custom projects.
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