SleepyHollowedBooks

Unique Hollow Book Safes and Antique Books!

Portland, Oregon · 271 Sales

SleepyHollowedBooks

Unique Hollow Book Safes and Antique Books!

Portland, Oregon 271 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   Welcome to Sleepy Hollowed Books! A hollowed book safe is the perfect place to hide your most precious secrets, valuable jewelry, ransom money, murder weapons, blackmailing photos, hard drugs, flasks of booze, sex toys, or just your favorite snacks! All book safes are hand-made, upcycled from used books. Here you will find some of the most unique and extraordinary hollowed books!
We also have a choice selection of antique and vintage books that are just too precious to cut holes in. There are many great titles here that you will want to add to your home library.
Our book safes are well-packaged in multiple layers of bubble wrap and shipped in an envelope. All USPS options are available during checkout. We recommend USPS Priority Mail for extra protection and faster shipping.

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Last updated on Jul 10, 2018

Welcome to Sleepy Hollowed Books! A hollowed book safe is the perfect place to hide your most precious secrets, valuable jewelry, ransom money, murder weapons, blackmailing photos, hard drugs, flasks of booze, sex toys, or just your favorite snacks! All book safes are hand-made, upcycled from used books. Here you will find some of the most unique and extraordinary hollowed books!
We also have a choice selection of antique and vintage books that are just too precious to cut holes in. There are many great titles here that you will want to add to your home library.
Our book safes are well-packaged in multiple layers of bubble wrap and shipped in an envelope. All USPS options are available during checkout. We recommend USPS Priority Mail for extra protection and faster shipping.

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I will be showing my collection at the Splendorporium in SE Portland for the month of April. There will be my book safes, as well as literature-themed art from many other artists! Opening night is Friday, April 6th, from 7 to 9pm. 3421 SE 21st Ave.
New to the shop: Fine binding book safe made from Sherlock Holmes!
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Reanimating the corpses of long-deceased books to give them a new life.

Sleepy Hollowed Books are old books that have been hollowed out and upcycled into book safes, flask stashes, and jewelry boxes. The holes are cut in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the pages are glued down with three layers of glue and sealant. In most of the books, strong neodymium magnets are hidden in the corners underneath decorative endpapers to keep them shut. In other books, there are a number of pages that have not been glued down in order to make it look like a normal book. These book safes are sturdy and each one is a unique piece of art. They can be used to hide valuables, or as decor in your home library.

I have been making book safes for a few years now and I am loving it. The process, the control over my work, the happiness it brings to me and my customers. I have found it to be a wonderful creative outlet and I feel that I bring something new to the weird world of "blooks."

I enjoy my work and take pride in my one-of-a-kind picture frame book safes and jewelry box book safes. I pay very close attention to detail and quality. Each book has some truly rare and unique features.

I also have a number of old, rare books that are just a little too precious to cut holes in. I do a lot of research for each book before pricing it to make sure that it's a fair price. I hope you enjoy perusing my shop. Please contact me if you have any questions.

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  • Matt Svendsen

    Owner

    Matt Svendsen is a Portland artist, who gives new life to old books by upcycling them into hollow book safes. His innovative ideas make each book safe unique. The books are meticulously cut with a scroll saw and finished with decorative paper.

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