Yes, those are really books. I am not good enough to fake it. On the inside the pieces are made of recycled wood. It’s like taxidermy; there is very little paper left when I am done, just enough to sustain the illusion.
The idea evolved from (mis)reading Nicholson Baker. His essays, Lumber, and, Books as Furniture, triggered me to figure out what I might build if I could turn books into lumber.
The books come mostly from recycling centers fundraising sales, library discards and donations. If you have tried to sell your books to a dealer you know how few are really salable.
I am interested in older hardback books that look better than they read. I prefer fabric-bound hardbacks books, typically pre-1965, with strong type on the cover and spine. Older encyclopedias with gilt type on the spines and embossed covers are great. I will pay shipping to get certain books by arrangement. I need to see a snapshot to know what I can use.
Weight is not a problem; the shelves are sturdy enough to support typical loads. However, their surfaces may be damaged by abrasion and moisture. They must be kept out of direct sunlight.
I can use your books but most prefer to use the ones I have collected for commissioned pieces. We can begin with just one book or simply an idea you provide.
Most shelves can be shipped nationwide for $18-$25.
My attorney has advised me not to answer that.
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Berkeley artist Jim Rosenau creates shelves made of books with intriguing and humorous messages. February 28, 2008