Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Craft Show Confidential follow-up: Handmade Book Stands

It seems that I just can’t stop talking about book stands! This week I’ll focus on handmade options. Coincidentally, all of the ones below have been made out of wood.

The best part about making your own book stands is that you can customize them any way you like and the materials cost is minimal. On the other hand, you need the right equipment and enough time to get them done. As artists, I think we all understand that problem. :)

Maybe the following pieces will inspire you to create (or buy) your own handmade book stands.

Rhonda Miller (a.k.a. MyHandboundBooks on Etsy) is lucky enough to have a talented woodworker for a father and he made her these book stands:

Image by Rhonda Miller

Here they are in use:

Image by Rhonda Miller

Rhonda gave her books some height in the back of her table, which is a great idea.

Indie publisher and book artist Hamish MacDonald was looking for a way to photograph his books while open and developed (and built) the following design:

Image by Hamish MacDonald

Image by Hamish MacDonald

And if you don’t want to make them yourself, you can always support another Etsian - Randy Arnold:

Image by Randy Arnold


Image by Randy Arnold

He does beautiful woodwork and understands the needs of bookbinders – he’s in a relationship with one. :) If you’d like to learn more about Randy, he’s been featured on the BEST blog.

I did some web searching (a dangerous pastime of mine) and found some plans for making your own wood book stands:



Many thanks to everyone who shared their photos for use in this post!

3 comments:

KarleighJae said...

We just watched the video on the Jeffersonian Bookstand. Incredible! Could have used that when I did research papers in college. Sheesh!

Lizzie said...

Ah, that Jerffersonian Bookstand is wonderful! I loved it, but don't think I'll be making my own any time soon... But thanks for the link!
The other book stands are good. I will look into some of these - I could do with a book stand or two.
Great set of posts about book supports. Thank you for so much effort on our behalf!

Deanna said...

Thanks for the advice! I'm gearing up for my first *real* craft show this December, and need some help with how to display my books and other works. This has given me some ideas on what to look for.