The book above is etched copper. The sun face was riveted onto the base cover with copper nails. The gate was etched and cut out with a jeweler's saw. I soldered the bezels and brass hinges onto the book and set the bezels with turquoise. The pages are bound with a coptic stitch and each signature has a cover sheet made from marbled paper a friend brought me from France.
This book started with a 1/4" pine plank cut in two. I carved the bird into the cover with a flexshaft and wood carving bits.and colored the cover with liquid acrylic rubbed into the wood. I used scrimshaw to carve the piece of bone. The mica window and centipede stitch I learned in class with Daniel Essig. The pages are bound with a one needle coptic stitch.
Making books is an act of meditation for me. And when they are done I rarely write in them. The book speaks its own story of creation.