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Offering No. 99 - Handstitched Clamshell Book Sculpture

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An ode to the Salish Sea.... from a butter clam shell (Saxidomus giganteus) discovered on the ocean floor off the coast of Orcas Island, a beautiful and sculptural clam shell hand bound book.

A little taste of mama ocean that will fit comfortably in the palm of an adult sized hand

This listing is for the 99th edition of the clam shell book

To find out more about this book, check out the feature on Etsy's Short Stories:

The photos are symbolic of the book you will receive but are not the actual book. Yours will be made to order and will differ from the photographs due to the unique nature of each clam shell and will ship out 5-7 business days from purchase date

Please note~ all clam shells books will vary due to their organic nature. See the second photograph for more examples. Some shells are more white, some have a greenish color, some more aged by the elements, some large, some smaller, some even have beautiful barnacle shells attached... please keep these variations in mind when you purchase.

This book's covers are constructed from a clam shell that holds the signatures and is bound with linen thread

Book spreads open as far as shown in top photo; book does not lay flat when opened, rather it holds the form of the shell

Recently I was asked about my source for the clam shells.....
As with all my books and artistic projects (and this extends to all areas of my life as well) I take into account the affect my work has on nature and Earth. I have a deep respect for life. This shell (and any other I may work with) is never take alive. I find shells that are cast up on the beach that are often broken halves that I put together. The intent of this book is to inspire others to think of what is offered to them by Earth, nature, animal/plant life, etc.

Approx. 144 blank pages of white 100% recycled text weight paper that was hand cut to reflect the natural contours of the clam shell

Hand stitched with bees waxed linen thread in a variation of Coptic binding

Measures approximately 2.5" x 3-3.5" x 2.25" or larger (Please allow a range in size)

A beautiful journal for recording your stories of the sea and/or for displaying in your home as an art piece

All journals are signed and dated. This clam shell book is an original design by Odelae

This book is built the old world way using hand tools: awl, needle & thread, ruler, bone folders, manual hole punch & a steel blade. Made with careful consideration for the environment, a little imagination and lots of love slipped between the covers

Where ever in this world you call home ~ Let me know your location and I'll be happy to provide you with more shipping details

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Offering No. 99 - Handstitched Clamshell Book Sculpture


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: clam shell, text weight paper, linen thread
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from Washington, United States
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