So, one day when I was a little bitty freshman in college in Kansas, I went to the Kansas City Renaissance festival for the first time. While there, I found an amazingly beautiful leather bound copy of The Lord of the Rings. It was laser cut and all riveted together, I loved it. Sadly, it was too much for a little bitty college freshman income (which was exactly $0) and alas, I could not buy it. But, I vowed to get it next year!
Next year came and the shop did not sell it any longer. Sad day. Fast forward about 4 years later and I find it same copy on Etsy! Happy day! I must have jabbered incessantly about the damned thing, because come that Christmas, my fiance’s mother got me the book!
Guys, it’s like in my top 5 most prized possessions. If the apartment was on fire, it’d be something I’d grab on my way out. LOVE. IT.
So I thought I’d show it to you, look!
It was made by Studio42Books, who seems to make quite a few cool, geeky things out of leather and a laser cutter. The book cover actually comes with the book in it as well, though the maker says if you have a book that is special to you, you can send it to them and they’ll make a custom leather cover for it.
A book just like mine can be bought here
The maker also adds in a satin ribbon book mark, which is really handy. My copy is actually all of the books in one big one, which I like, thought they do offer the books in a set of three.
I can personally attest that the cover holds up very well. While I was careful not to damage it or treat it too rough, there is some slight wear on the corners after I finished reading it, which actually makes it look well loved (which it is).
They also make other leather book covers as well, such as…
All 7 of the Harry Potter series!
And the Hitchhiker’s Guide!
As well as a few books by Gaiman and Pratchett.
They also have a Hobbit and a Silmarilion cover, which I am now endeavoring to own some day.
So, there you go. Not terribly wedding related, but they make great gifts! I’m sure you could even message the maker and ask for a custom made cover, maybe even one for a blank journal which you could use as a guest book? Or just own awesome leather bound books, either way, it’s a win win.
Thanks for reading!