Beautiful books made to last

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Announcement    My one goal is to make a book for you that is beautiful and will last forever. Or close to forever.


Last updated on Sep 9, 2020

My one goal is to make a book for you that is beautiful and will last forever. Or close to forever.


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About JonathanDayBookArt

Sales 975
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Something I love to make

I have loved books almost as long as I can remember. When I was a teenager, most of the books I had were paperbacks, that being what I could afford, and sometimes I would go to spread the book open a bit wider and the spine would crack. That was very upsetting. Those were dark moments, and I carry the scars of the trauma to this day. How serious am I being? Good question. I began to try to fix those dilapidated paperbacks with the tools we had. I would hammer nails through the book near the spine, or I would use a big staple-gun we had, the kind used for roofing or shingling or something like that, and just staple the book back together. Sometime in my twenties, wanting to go about it a bit less crudely, I picked out one of my books, not too precious to me but bound in the traditional way, and I basically took it apart to see how it was made. That's how I began to learn about sewn bindings, and all the rest of the art of traditional book-binding, and I began to rebind the books that I had that needed it, and I began to make my own books. I still remember the satisfaction, the pure delight that I felt, when I made my first book in the traditional way, with pages carefully sewn into the binding, and with real hard front and back cover boards, covered in cloth -- denim from an old pair of blue-jeans, I think it was.

So, you see, my main focus all through that learning was on how to make a book that would last, that would never fall apart or crack or break in any way, that would never let you down -- how to make it so that the binding would stay tight and strong, the pages would never work loose or fall out, or turn yellow and brittle. And of course, how to make it so that it was beautiful. I have experimented much with materials and methods, and I still am. Making books is a wonderful craft, always with more to learn, always with more possibilities to discover.

I have discovered that these books, once I make them, are hard to let go of. I just love to turn them in my hands this way and that, to feel the soft leather or the light strong wood of the covers, to turn the pages and feel how strong the binding is. I hope that those who buy my books enjoy the look and feel of them, and enjoy the use of them, as much as I do.

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  • Jonathan Day

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Grew up in Alaska, moved to Oregon in 1972, been there ever since. Jobs? Everything from chicken-shit shoveler to microwave electrical engineer. Main focus all that time: art. But much time left over for reading, and book repairing and book making.

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Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thank you very much for coming to visit my store. I am a traditional craftsman, with decades of experience, and I take great pride in the care and love that I give to each book I make. The books I make are meant to last, to feel good in the hands and to please the eye, and to be a joy to use. I also take pride in being responsive to your needs and wishes. My goal is to give you the best work of my hands, in a timely fashion.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
My one obsession, aside from making my books beautiful, is to make them so they will last. I want them to serve you well for many, many years. So if you find any defect in quality or workmanship in a book you have bought from me, I will pay for the shipping to return it to me. I will fix the defect, or I will die trying. Well .. ok .. maybe not that last bit. Or I will make you a new one. And I will pay the shipping to return it to you.
I accept payment through Etsy Direct Checkout, and through PayPal. Under special circumstances, I may accept checks.
I ship via USPS Priority Mail, within the US, and via USPS First Class International, outside the US. The US Postal Service has been very reliable, and is by far the least expensive, of the available shipping methods. Books shipped within the US are packaged in a US Priority Mail Flat Rate box, wrapped in bubble wrap. Books shipped outside the US are sandwiched between two pieces of thick cardboard, and placed within a padded envelope. This has also worked well for me, and is not expensive.