Oh, wood I!

At last year’s Focus on Book Arts Conference, I took a workshop on how to sew over cords using wood covers. I really enjoyed the workshop and planned on incorporating wood into my future work.

Well, for the last week, I’ve been obsessed with wood. I don’t know what triggered it. I have spent hours on the internet looking for local distributors of exotic woods. I was determined to spend my Saturday driving 2.5 hours (one-way) to Highland Hardwoods in Brentwood, NH.

Then I got sick. Meh.

After deciding that I could handle a shorter trip, my husband and I drove to Baker Lumber in White River Junction, VT. We pulled into the parking lot and I was immediately drawn to the warehouse full of wood, organized in piles by species and size.

Wood at Baker Lumber in White River Junction, VT

Me? Drawn to piles?

It smelled so good in there.

I walked around for a bit, oohing and ahhing until I decided that I was ready to buy.

I entered the showroom and asked a gentleman for help. I told him that I wanted to use the wood for book covers – how thin could I get the wood? He looked at me like I was an alien. I know that the book concept was likely foreign to him, but for someone who specializes in wood, you think he’d know how you can work with it.

I decided that I was just going to buy me some wood and ask questions later. I chose three varieties (from the top down): Walnut, purple heart, and cambera (a type of mahogany).

3 wood planks

I camped out at Barnes & Noble later in the day and skimmed through some woodworking books. My wish list just got longer.

The plan is to make nice with a woodworker who can teach me the ropes or to just pay a pro to cut it for me. I hope to use the wood for further development of the caterpillar binding. It seems that caterpillars and wood are a natural fit.

If you have any experience working with wood, I am all ears for any suggestions and/or tips you can offer. I’m also open for book recommendations. Oh, and while you’re at it, I’d love recommendations for wood vendors in Vermont who understand the needs of bookbinders.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

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