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Books n Boxes

Ken Futers of Books n Boxes began bookbinding over 14 years ago when struggling to find a suitable book to use as a holiday journal. So began his journey of mastering the art of making his own, and all these years and many hundreds of books later, Ken still loves the craft of folding, stitching, gluing and binding a new book.

Additionally, he makes boxes from millboard, including slipcases, pen pots, pencil boxes, gift boxes and solanders, also called clamshell boxes. Ken covers his books and boxes with specialist papers, such as Japanese Chiyogami, old maps, sheet music and now his own hand-marbled paper. At Books n Boxes, Ken takes pride in creating handmade books and boxes that are as beautiful as they are functional. The beauty of a handmade item is in the attention to detail and the stories and memories that it holds. Ken is dedicated to preserving the art of traditional bookbinding and box-making and hopes to share his passion with you.

Many of Books n Boxes items are unique as Ken rarely makes the same item twice.

If you would like to learn this craft, Ken runs workshops at Inspire Makers on bookbinding and box making. Details of his upcoming bookbinding workshops are over on our workshops page.

The Magic Behind A Handmade Book

The time, care, and attention to detail that goes into crafting a unique handmade book or box is simply awe-inspiring. Each one is a work of art, infused with its own special character and personality.

Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind journal to document your adventures or a beautiful keepsake box to store your treasures, handmade creations are truly the way to go. They possess a warmth and charm that simply can’t be replicated by mass-produced items. When you hold a handmade book or box in your hands, you can feel the love and care that went into its creation. Each one is infused with its unique story, making it a meaningful addition to any collection.

Books n Boxes Maker Portrait

Our Favourite Pieces

Each piece is beautifully handmade and unique, we have selected a few of our favourites to show you.

Books N Boxes interior of handmade plain notebooks

Handmade Notebook

A unique joy comes from owning and writing in a handcrafted notebook, one that simply cannot be replicated by a mass-produced version.

In this digital age, the handcrafted notebook is a cherished sanctuary, an oasis of authenticity and personal expression. It is a testament to the tradition’s enduring beauty and the human imagination’s boundless possibilities. Whether it’s for writing down your daily thoughts, keeping a travel diary or saving treasured recipes, a beautiful handmade journal is a joy to use.

Handmade box by Ken of Books n Boxes

Handmade Boxes

Every time I reach for one of Ken’s handcrafted boxes, I am reminded of the craftsmanship and the care that went into making it. The outer is encased in gorgeous patterned paper, featuring an intricate design that catches the eye from every angle. Each detail on the box’s surface tells a story, revealing the dedication and skill of the artisan who created it. The interior is lined with sumptuous velvet, adding an exquisite touch to the overall experience.

This handcrafted box is not just a container but a work of art, a testament to the beauty that can be achieved through skilled craftsmanship and artistic vision.


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