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Keep Doors Open

Cindy Tonkin - April 20, 2014

I have been making door stops from old books. Some are more customised than others. Here’s the one I made from Jane Simmons which uses books about theatre and critics. I would usually remove the dust jackets, but her favourite colour is pink.

The Karl Marx Capital is for my (property owning) socialist friend Bronwen.

I like this one, which now belongs to Hayley Dinnison. I like the colour combo.

and some notes on technique for myself later. I drill two holes through all but the top and bottom cover of the stack of books. Then I run a wire through and secure it. I have learned to wait a day or so to let the contents settle, because sometimes the drilling puffs up the pages. Then I glue the front and back pages to cover the wire. I have discovered the technique works best if the books are slim enough for the drill to go all the way through. Also its best if I stack them mostly straight. while asymmetry is pleasing, my own natural haphazard style means if I try to drill straight they end up slightly asymmetric anyway. If I stack them asymmetrically initially they get too asymmetric (e.g. Karl Marx Capital).

I’m considering backing the bottom one with felt, or polar fleece, since I have some in the cupboard. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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