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Exotic Wood Books

The covers for these books are made up of a variety of exotic woods creatively handcrafted by Tore Vollan.   Tore is the Bestefar (Norwegian for grandpa) of my goddaughter Hannah.

Tore Vollan

Tore was born in Trondheim, Norway in 1931.  He immigrated to Canada then moved to Washington State where he became a citizen and met his wife.  He became superintendent of a construction company, but when his granddaughter was born, he retired, and devoted the rest of his life to help raising her.  It was at this point that he began focusing on his woodworking.  He crafted fine clocks, chests, trays, and jewelry boxes for over 20 years, often having his work displayed in galleries and winning awards.  As he got older he made less and less, not just because he was tired, but because he didn’t feel he had a purpose.  Then his granddaughter suggested he make a set of book covers for her godmother to make into a journal.  This renewed his joy of woodworking and he swiftly created hundreds of covers that his granddaughter would either bring in her suitcase or mail to Winnipeg.

Tore died in April of 2018.  His last act in his workshop was to pack up all of his unfinished work to send to Canada.

I am so honoured to be able to incorporate Tore’s beautifully crafted wooden covers into the books that I make and I treasure every set that sits in my studio ready to be transformed into a book.

This collection is currently at Woodlands Gallery in Winnipeg as part of their emerging artists’ holiday exhibition.

Exotic Wood

 

 

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Driftwood Books

Being by water has always been soul restoring for me – whether it’s by our favourite place to camp in the Experimental Lakes region of northern Ontario, our home away from home on Malcom Island, north of Vancouver Island or once in a lifetime far away places – being by water gives me rest.  I love taking long walks along shorelines and discovering what has been washed ashore.

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These driftwood books are made from pieces found along the shores of Lake Ethelma in northern Ontario, Long Beach and Campbell River on Vancouver Island and in Sointula on Malcom Island (north of Vancouver Island).

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Fur

Ever since I held a fur covered copy of Margaret Wise Brown’s Little Fur Family in my hands, I knew I wanted to make fur covered books.  I have experimented  with many different styles of binding until I finally landed on this medieval binding.  The wood covers add a heftiness to the book and are perfect for showcasing the softness and beauty of each individual fur

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Persian lamb

nutria

Nutria

Fur - black detail

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rabbit

Rabbit

chinchilla - shortened strap

Chinchilla

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Chinchilla