Julie Durkacz hand-made wooden book features solid oak covers and leather spine, the inner pages are hand stitched with linen thread using traditional bookbinding techniques.
The inner pages of the wooden books are 130gsm unlined paper with a 20% cotton content, this gives a perfect texture for drawing and writing.
Julie Durkacz Short Biography
Julie studied Fine Art in Dundee, graduating in 1999. In 2005 she returned to college to study for an HND in furniture construction and design. Then in 2007 and 2008 she studied traditional handskills and construction techniques on the Furniture Fine Craftsmanship course at Bucks New University, High Wycombe.
Since completing that course Julie has been creating wooden crafts ranging from wooden notebooks to pieces of unique reproduction furniture.
She welcomes commisions and has recently undertaken one to create a book from two hundred year old oak recovered from a shipwreck.
Why Wooden Books ?
Wood has been used for hundreds of thousands of years as fuel and as a building material. Wood also, naturally forms a practical and decorative element throughout history. From providing heat and light to the construction of ships to accommodation to utensils, drinking vessels and food carriers and carts, wood is still used today in many forms for many purposes including the aesthetic and decorative.
A wooden cover book may look simple and be cast aside to a more modern alternative, but when looked at more closely, the wooden book cover can show beautiful imperfection. When sanded and polished, that imperfection can transfix the eye and make the wooden cover stand out from the crowd.
Touch wooden crafts and the fingers delight in the shape and texture, the tactile imperfections, the smoothness, the colour, the warmth, the striations and the deliberate craftsmanship to cut, saw, shave, sand, wax and polish such elegant joints, shining surfaces and voluptuous curves that make up the object in your hand.
Wooden gifts have been given for centuries. Wooden gifts to show love and affection such as traditional wooden love spoons would be carved and given to a young woman by her suitor, or in more recent times, wood is given to signify five years of marriage. The Anniversary gift a wooden craft or wooden book.
At Bay Attic we have a range of wooden books in European ISO A5 and A6 sizes crafted by Julie Durkacz. Julie uses sustainable wood, hand chosen from locally managed forests or reclaimed wood from her travels and walks to create her wooden books and designs.
Find out more about Julie Durkacz when we spoke to her, in her Ask the Artist Interview at Bay Attic.