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An ode to the Salish Sea.... a functional and sculptural hand bound book

From a butter clam shell (Saxidomus giganteus) discovered on the beach off the coast of Orcas Island, WA

For more about this book, see Etsy's Short Stories: Clam Shell Book

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Covers are constructed from a very strong clam shell and offer a protective cover for the text block

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

Approx. 144 (counting front & back) blank pages of natural white 100% recycled writing paper hand cut to reflect the natural contours of the clam shell

Fits comfortably in the palm of an adult sized hand. Measures approx 2.5" x 3-3.5" x 2.25" (Please allow a range in size)

Book naturally spreads open as shown in top photo; book does not lay flat when opened, rather it holds the form of the shell. The binding is strong and will allow you to spread the book open to access the inner most pages with a writing utensil.

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

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The shells for these books are never taken alive. I find ones that are cast up on the beach- often broken halves that I rejoin. This book is a tactile ode to the ocean and the life within~ a contemplative vessel to spark inspiration of the essential nature and imperative health of the oceans that are critical for the survival of humanity and other lifeforms.

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The photos are symbolic of the book you will receive and are not the actual book. This book is made to order and will ship out in 5-7 business days from date of purchase. Your book will differ from the photographs due to the unique nature of each clam shell. 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 barnacle pods attached... please keep these variations in mind when you purchase and allow for difference

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 a bit of love slipped between the covers

Design exclusive to Odelae Book Arts ©2013, All rights reserved

For more of Odelae's journals visit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/odelae

Book of the Sea - Handstitched Clamshell Book Sculpture - Blank Journal


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