- 8:36 am - Wed, Dec 14, 2011
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More books = more Christmas trees
To add to our post from last week about alternative Christmas trees constructed out of books, there’s this novel on-shelf “tree” made by Thatcher Wine and his colleagues at Juniper Books in Boulder (mentioned previously here and here).
Thirty olive-green law books, 24 of which were cut, comprise the eight-foot-tall tree. The books are substantial enough to stay upright on their own with no support placed behind them.
About the cutting/carving of books: Thatcher explains that there’s an abundant supply of law books, with law firms and university libraries no longer needing copies in print once they’ve digitized their holdings. He estimates that Juniper has repurposed some 10,000 law books this year, including thousands going to retailers and designers for “decoration and visual merchandising.” He adds that the cutting of two dozen books to make this display might have saved those unneeded books from a far worse fate!
(Via Christmas tree of books 2011 — JuniperBooks.com. Thanks, Thatcher!)
Related: Juniper Books’ 2010 tree made from 800 stacked books.
- 8:56 am - Mon, Dec 12, 2011
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How-to: Make a “paper tree” in five easy steps
This project was inspired by two things: 1.) A neat “printed paper pine” item from Anthropologie, and 2.) my discovery, in the attic of my parents’ house, of an assortment of vintage sheet music — mainly trumpet and saxophone parts from the 1950s-1970s (that hadn’t been touched since the 1970s) when my father played in a band.
- One chopstick
- Something into which the chopstick can be anchored, like a scrap piece of wood, so the stick stands vertically (I upcycled an old plastic reel-to-reel tape spool as a base)
- Several pages of printed sheet music, pages from a discarded book (or book you’ll no longer read), old holiday cards, or pages from magazines or catalogs
- A piece of cardboard, roughly 1.5’x2’ in size
- Pinking shears, or something else that provides a decorative edge
- An ice pick, or other hole-punching device
- Optional: Glue, small nail, hammer
Estimated time for completion:
- A couple of hours, though you probably can multi-task (read blogs, like I did, or watch TV) while working.
- Using pinking shears, or another cutting tool, cut the music (or other paper pieces) into squares. I cut my largest square approximately 5” x 5”, and smallest 1” x 1”. As I went along, I didn’t measure the pieces, but estimated the size based on that of the squares I’d just cut. For one tree, I used 40 paper squares.
- Next, use scissors to cut the cardboard into small squares to add as spacers between the paper squares. The cardboard squares should be considerably smaller than the paper squares — that’ll help make the cardboard less visible. (I used a piece of recycled cardboard that held a case of cat food — it’s thinner and less rigid than some cardboard which made it easier to cut, I think.) Cut out the same number of cardboard squares as you have paper squares.
- Poke holes in the center of the paper and cardboard squares. With an ice pick, I was able to punch holes through several squares at the same time. (Your mileage may vary.)
- Next, place your chopstick in whatever object you have handy to use as a base. You may want to nail or glue the chopstick into/onto your object. (I didn’t need to — my chopstick fits pretty snugly into my base.)
- Now place the cardboard and paper squares onto the chopstick, pushing them down from the chopstick’s tapered end. Start with your largest square of cardboard, then add your largest piece of music on top of it. Continue stacking the cardboard and paper squares, keeping an eye on how your “tree” is shaping up. Hopefully, it’s a nice cone shape.
As your layering of squares nears the top of the chopstick, stop at whatever point you want to. You could put a dot of glue on the topmost cardboard piece and paper square, to hold them in place. (I’d like to take the tree apart after the holidays — to store everything flat in a box — so I didn’t add glue.) Also, I left my chopstick top bare because I like the minimal look of it. You may want to “top” your tree with something.
That’s it. Place your tree on a table, and enjoy!
Note: This project carries a stamp of approval from Veto, my feline quality control officer.
Yes, yours truly (Unconsumptioneer Molly) posted a tutorial for something I made. Hope it inspires you to make something of your own!
- 9:21 am - Sat, Dec 10, 2011
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Books = Christmas trees
Do you remember our December 2010 post about a Christmas tree made from books at the Gleeson Library at the University of San Francisco, or our post about this smaller book tree? Or perhaps you saw some mention last year of the book tree constructed by the folks at Juniper Books in Boulder?
Well, it looks like the book tree idea has caught on in other places. In Poland, librarians at the University Library of UWM (University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn), made the above-pictured tree from 1,600 books. (That’s a lot of copies of George Orwell’s 1984 and Joseph Heller’s Picture This!) Click here for details and here to view a Flickr stream showing 50+ shots of the tree, including several photos captured during the construction process, a how-to for others who want to build book trees.
And here’s a book tree located at the Inglewood Public Library, in the Los Angeles area.
Let us know if you spot other book trees elsewhere.
Related: Unconsumption posts about trees made from other non-traditional materials: shopping carts, bicycle parts, 40,000 plastic bottles, upside down tomato cages with strings of lights, wood scraps.
- 2:03 pm - Sun, Nov 27, 2011
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Have you checked out BookScouter.com to help give you an idea of the value of used books? If so, leave a comment below. I (Molly) haven’t used the site, yet, and I’m curious to hear feedback about your experience.
From the site:
BookScouter helps you to sell your books for the highest price. It compares prices from over 40 book-buying websites so that you can quickly find the site that is paying the most for your books. The prices that these sites offer can vary widely, and it is difficult and time consuming to check all of them. Instead of manually visiting each site, now you can just put in the book’s ISBN Number here, and we’ll search all of the available sites for what they are currently paying for your book. Now you can easily see where you can get the most money for your used books.
- 8:24 am - Thu, Nov 3, 2011
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Artist Francisca Prieto turns old catalogs, books, maps, and other printed materials into works of art. She folds each page using origami techniques, then joins together the folded pieces.
Francisca provides the unique experience of being able to look at a book and all of its pages at once, yet unable to read any one page individually. A hidden narrative emerges in each work through the connections that Francisca makes both in terms of the folded structures she creates, and the conceptual connections of the images and text selected.
See also: Other creative new uses for books and maps.
- 9:34 am - Tue, Sep 13, 2011
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An anonymous literature-loving artist crafts these remarkable sculptures from old books, then leaves them in libraries and other public places in Edinburgh. The first paper sculpture appeared at the Scottish Poetry Library in March.
See photos of other pieces here: Mysterious paper sculptures - Central Station Blog post.
Related: Guardian story.
- 8:21 am - Thu, Aug 18, 2011
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Here’s a tutorial from Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on how to make a stacked-book table lamp using hardcover books, a lamp kit, lamp shade, drill, and screwdriver.
(Even though new uses for old books is a recurring theme here on Unconsumption, if you’ve got books you no longer want, but think could be of interest to other readers, then consider selling them or giving them away instead of using them as raw material for lamps or other projects!)