Reviving an obscure tradition of artful concealment
one lost chapter at a time
Spare Volume is an adaptive reuse project born from a deep love of print culture and an abiding appreciation for the aesthetics and materiality of the book form.
Each volume is sourced locally and hand-selected for quality and condition. All have been previously read, their original purpose dutifully served. Undervalued and outmoded by the latest in digital gadgetry, they are found languishing in second-hand shops or book sales benefitting local libraries.
Through a painstaking and proprietary process involving traditional tools and a steady hand, words are whittled away while margins are left intact, creating just enough room for your own secret stash. By nicking the middle, we poke a hole in each story for you to fill with a whole new plot of your own devising.
Take pleasure in the transformation of an unwanted book into a handsome repository for your personal treasures, from the mundane to the taboo — anything you want close at hand but out of sight. Craft a new thriller, romance, or mystery with whatever you choose to fit between the covers.