Sometimes you need a blank book to fill with ideas, an album to fill with memories, a box to fill with treasures. I collect all the natural materials in these gift items from forests in the Catskill Mountains in ecologically sensitive ways (no living trees were harmed in the making of these books!), and I rescue the antique photos from shops and yard sales.


Birch collection

I cure bark stripped from fallen birch trees, then carefully separate it into layers which I use as paper to cover the boards of my handmade journals, albums, and boxes. Japanese tissue or gold joss paper line the boards, so the gold or colored tissue are revealed through the birchbark’s natural pores and fissures. These books are particularly well suited as wedding albums and guest books.


Maple journals

These writers’ and artists’ journals have 96 square hand-torn pages in soft leather covers, sewn to a spine piece cut from fallen maple bark and tied with a leather ribbon. I use an Italian paper suitable for ink or pencil, and journals can also be made to order with watercolor paper. The flexible covers make these books well suited as scrapbooks, too. Available in a variety of sizes.


Cartes de visite collection

Cartes de viste, mounted photographs, were popular beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, and generally collected in large albums. As family histories are forgotten, the cards are often disposed of and turn up in antique shops and at yard sales. I use these photos as covers of blank 96-page journals (Italian paper suitable for ink or pencil) and lids of keepsake boxes, in the hope of finding new homes for the individuals they portray. Custom books and boxes available using your own family photos.

Contact me here with inquiries about a custom gift item.