ThreeTreesBindery is taking a short break
Gwendolyn on Apr 6, 20225 out of 5 stars
It was such a pleasure designing my dads keepsake memorial book with Michelle, the shop owner. The book turned out beautiful and exceeded my high expectations. The craftsmanship shows a love and talent for combining artistic inspiration with natural elements. The attention to every detail has created a keepsake that proudly honors my fathers memory. It was packed and shipped with great care, even gift wrapped with trim and a wax seal. Michelle was a true joy to deal with and very patient with me as we worked out all the details. All communication was prompt and she was very articulate ensuring the book was crafted to my specifications. My family are sentimental and nostalgic people. I am grateful to have such a special book to hold my dads keepsakes in. Thank you.
Ryan on Mar 9, 20225 out of 5 stars
We got our book!!! Pictures don’t do it any justice!! It’s gorgeous and came with a handwritten note and wax stamp seal. Beautiful all around🥰 thank you so so much Michelle!!!! ❤️Ryan and Matthew
kaylaboyd on Jan 26, 20225 out of 5 stars
We gifted this book to our friends for their wedding & when it arrived ( which was very quick from the U.S ) with being handmade aswell it was honestly the most beautiful piece of craftsmanship I have ever seen. So perfectly made in the most beautiful wood, paper, thread and engraving .
Shannon on Dec 20, 20215 out of 5 stars
Absolutely beautiful and exactly what we wanted!!
EF on Nov 29, 20215 out of 5 stars
Lovely craftsmanship - exactly as described. Exceeded my expectations.
Breahna on Nov 26, 20215 out of 5 stars
I am so in love with this guest book! Absolutely worth every penny. It came beautifully wrapped and the quality is exceptional! Truly a work of art! It is already one of my favorite pieces for the wedding.
Al on Nov 19, 20215 out of 5 stars
Michelle is an absolute artist. The album was so beautifully crafted, personalized and definitely exceeded expectations. It was worth every penny for such a priceless and memorable item. It was purchased for a 5 year anniversary gift (wood) and my wife’s words were “I feel like we have to keep this safe somewhere, away from sunlight”. I would recommend her products whole heartedly.
Annie on Oct 19, 20215 out of 5 stars
This guestbook is absolutely stunning. Words and the pic don't do it justice. The seller was very communicative and readily met my requests and shipped it almost immediately. It came beautifully wrapped, I didn't even want to open it. (Except I was dying to open it!) I couldn't be more pleased, I truly believe it's the best guestbook anyone has to offer. If and when I ever need another, this is where I'll be getting it.
a forest of books
Three Trees Bindery began as the marriage of two of my favorite things: trees and books. As an avid journal keeper and book collector, creating books from things found in the forest evolved slowly and naturally from my wanderings. Completely taken with the beauty of an acorn, a leaf, or a piece of bark, these small tokens I was unable to put down became the sources of inspiration for my wooden library.
Over the years as I have become more acquainted with woodworking, my appreciation for trees, and the wood they give has deepened. I am captivated by the unique and varied character of wood, the intimacy that is developed by working with your hands, and the details that are hidden behind a finished product. I love the tactile sensations through different stages of finishing and the scents of wood dust in the air.
For me, bookbinding is a meditative process. The attention and focus it requires is a beautiful practice of being in the present moment. When I sew my whole world consists of simply this thread, this knot. Any worries are easily lost in the steady rhythm of stitching. I have a great appreciation for all styles of binding, from the simple and elegant Japanese stab bindings to the intricate structures of the Gothic & Renaissance periods, but I am most taken with variations on the Coptic binding, the exposed stitching for me evokes the same feeling as trees in winter, their bare branches reaching for the sky. I love seeing the structure that lies underneath things.
My techniques have developed over years of steady practice. Most of what I know I learned by experimenting and making lots of mistakes. I am a constant student. I enjoy learning different techniques, pushing the boundaries of what is possible and exploring new ideas. I continually try to balance the unique characteristics of a handmade item and the slow progression toward mastery of my craft. I want my books to reflect the quiet beauty of the forests that inspire them.
I enjoy the community and personal connections I have found here on Etsy. It gives me great pleasure to work with clients on custom books and commissions. I love hearing how my books will be used. I am continually touched by the stories people share. It makes me sad to hear someone say my books are too pretty to write in. I want to create books that are beautiful but also functional and useful. My books are made to hold the things closest to your heart.
To get a glimpse inside my studio watch this video:
To see more please visit my shop:
A HUGE thank you to Etsy for featuring my shop! You can read the interview here:
I also like to make things from stones. You can see my other shop here:
Maker, Designer, Forest Wanderer
I love books in all shapes, sizes and materials. I am happy to do custom work so if you have something in mind let's talk!
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Additional policies and FAQs
There are 4 different types of wood books and two different types of bark covered books I offer. Here are examples.
(the examples of painted maple are all black, but I can use any color)
Birch Bark & Dark Bark:
The books can be personalized in different ways. Any of these types of wood can have a stamped nameplate or I can engrave directly in the wood. I can also carve a heart and do the engraving inside the heart. Engraving on either of the bark albums must be done inside a heart or oval. Below are examples.
engraving directly in wood:
engraving in bark:
other examples of engraving:
I can make any of these books in any size up to 10x12 inches with portrait orientation or 10x11.5 with landscape orientation. The thread and spine colors can be customized.
If you decide on a design and size I can give you a price quote.
If you have any questions about anything just let me know.
Thanks & have a fantastic day!