Saturday, 12 February 2011

2011 Winter Swap: Askida

For my book swap partner, I made a Secret Belgian Binding book with covers recycled from an Ud's soundboard, which is made of spruce wood, using the sound-hole part called "rose." The rose is embellished with recycled pink straw wallpaper from a wallpaper sample catalog. The book is filled with pastel coloured papers.

The Ud (Oud) is a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in North Africa and Middle Eastern and also Turkish Classical music. The European version of this instrument came to be known as the Lute. The Ud generally has one to three sound-holes, which may be either oval or circular, and often are decorated with a carved bone or wooden rosette.

The finished book measures 9.5cm x 14.5cm. with seven sections of three folios each for a total of 84 pages. The binding is sewn with straw thread, and the closure is a metal ring and a carved bone bead. I made a linen fabric envelope pouch to hold the book when it's not being used. --Ozlem of Askida

You can see Ozlem's other wooden books for sale in her shop.


Surfbunny said...

Wow, so creative and beautiful. I'm always impressed to see such wonderful unusual books. Thanx so much for sharing.

Duane @ Surfbunny

PrairiePeasant said...

It's so inspiring to see such unlikely materials made into such wonderful books! I love this one!