About Us

Transformation and appreciation

Recycled hardcover books

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.   


Dear Nancy,

I must tell you, you are a true professional. I could not be happier with the bookbox you created from the "Heidi" book I sent you. Absolutely beautiful. You have made my Christmas with my granddaughter an extra special one to look forward to.

Thank you very much, Ed   

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!

Takota Shows


Coming shows

October 12-13, San Carlos Art and Wine Festival,  10-6

October 25-27, Sacramento Art Festival, CalExpo,  10-6

November 15-16, Montalvo Yuletide Marketplace, Saratoga, 9:30-3:30

November 29-31 Crocker Holiday Artisan Market, Scottish Rite Temple, Sacramento

December 7-8 Santa Rosa Handmade Holiday Market, Finley Center, Santa Rosa

December 21-22 Craneway Holiday Art Show, Craneway Pavilion, Pt. Richmond

Please stop by and meet Nancy!


From a customer: “I have your Iberia book that my sister purchased for me at Mountain View. Friends can’t get over the craftsmanship. These can be addictive…” 


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.