|Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
they are really books. I remove some of the paper and replace it with
a sturdy armature of salvaged lumber.
2. 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.
3. The books come mostly from donations, recycling centers and library
discards. I research all apparently valuable books and try to place them
with dealers but rarely succeed.
4. I am interested in older hardback books that look better than they
read. I prefer books with strong type on the cover and spine. Older encyclopedias
with gilt type on the spines and embossed covers are always great. I will
pay shipping to get certain books by arrangement.
5. 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.
6. I make custom shelves on any theme. We can begin with just one book
or simply an idea you provide.
7. Most shelves can be shipped nationwide for $15-$25.
8. My attorney has advised me not to answer that.