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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 24, 2022

I am taking a break. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!

Michelle Skiba

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Michelle Skiba


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About ThreeTreesBindery

Sales 1,937
On Etsy since 2010

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:

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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:

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  • Michelle Skiba

    Maker, Designer, Forest Wanderer

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2022
Hello and thank you for checking out my shop!

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!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please contact me. We can make arrangements for the item to be returned and I will gladly refund your money.
In stock items generally ship within 24 hours of receiving payment. I will notify you when your order has shipped. The time frame for custom orders is generally 2-4 weeks.
Additional policies and FAQs
I make wood covered photo albums, scrapbooks, photo guest books & regular guest books. When requesting a quote please let me know which type of book and the cover design you are interested in. Below is a breakdown of the different cover options.

There are 4 different types of wood books and two different types of bark covered books I offer. Here are examples.

Black Walnut:



Painted Maple:
(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!