The Wonderful World of Book Carving
I think many people are unaware of book carving, some might even think it a waste of good books, I’m not in either of those categories. I think that it’s a beautiful and skilled craft and it really gives a new life to old books.
The thing about book carving is that it seems to pull a story or subject from right off of the page, suddenly books on engineering become interesting, or books on aviation history appeals to everyone. I think it speaks to the imaginative child in all of us, when we used to truly believe in magic (well, there are still some adults that believe but we won’t go there). For me they make me think of the Adam’s Family library and we all wanted one of those, right?
I love the picture below, it looks just like I’m peering out of a cave.
I’m sure there are a lot of people who probably think that destroying books is a bit like graffiti artists tagging our culture, but that’s what art’s about, changing culture, creating something that tugs at your heart strings, something that completely changes the way you look at an object. I’m not saying some one should do this to the dead sea scrolls or the original works of Shakespeare but in a world where books are becoming obsolete we need to do something with them to recycle them and give new life to the stories printed inside, think of all of the books you’ve got sitting gathering dust on your shelves , I bet you’re now looking at them slightly differently and wondering where your craft knife and PVA glue is, have a go at it, you’ll ruin a few but your not going to need them, that’s why you’ve got your Kindle!
Happy New Year to you all.