Welcome to Takota Bookboxes

Unique gifts for bookworms of all ages!

About Us

Recycled hardcover books

Transformation and appreciation

From Nancy Templeton:

The advent of technology has created wonderful advantages in providing access to the “information highway”. Kindle gives us an opportunity to read texts anytime, anywhere. But, as is the case with any “progress”, there will be casualties along the way. The beautiful hardback books with colorful embossing and cloth or leather bindings are now relegated to the dusty shelves of thrift stores or are dumped into landfills. My art form is one of transformation and appreciation.  I carefully remove the pages and recycle them to other artists for their projects. Then, I make a box of recycled wood from cabinetmakers short pieces using machine and hand techniques. I replace the binding adding offset brass hinges and a rare earth magnet to ensure closure. These beautiful “relics” now serve a different purpose. You can conceal jewelry, money, passports, etc. in plain sight. No one will know that it isn’t what it appears to be.  And, the original work of art can still be cherished.     

Unique gifts

Looking for that perfect gift? Pick a favorite author or subject matter for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift. And a great secret hiding place too!


Need a place to keep remote controls? Use a Takota Bookbox. Looks great on your coffee table!


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Takota Shows

Coming shows

Please stop by and meet Nancy!

April 13-15  West Portal, San Francisco

April 20-22  Menlo Park

May 5-6  Mountain View Art and Wine Festival

May 12-13  El Dorado Hills Art, Beer and Wine Festival

June 2-3  Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival

June 22-24  Montclair Village Art Festival

July 14-15 Los Altos Art and Wine Festival


What kind of books do you have available?

We most often stock:  Classics, Best sellers, Art, Cooking, Dogs/cats/pets, Gardening, Law, Medicine, Politics, Religion, Sports, Travel, Youth titles, and Misc. Contact us for current inventory.


Can I send you a book for a custom order?

Yes, you can bring it to a show (see schedule above) or contact us, then mail it to  Takota,  PO Box 63,  Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 


What is the turnaround time for custom orders?

Please allow three weeks for custom orders.