Bookstore porthole

This wonderful porthole-made-of-books is part of the design for the John W. Doull Bookseller store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and warrants a side-trip all on its own.

John W. Doull Bookseller (via That Book Smell)

(Photo: Celia Moase Photography)


  1. I’m starting to think on slow news days you guys just type “book+sculpture” into Google images.

    1.   I’m starting to think on slow news days you guys just type “book+sculpture” into Google images.

    1. Moreso than wholesale destruction of books, the size of the friggin’ bookworm that made that hole makes me cringe!

  2. As a printer, publisher and bookbinder, whenever I see this kind of thing, I can’t help but remember this quote by John Milton:”Unless wariness be used, as good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.”

    1. Saying that destroying a copy of Subtext: Making Body Language Work in the Workplace is killing the image of God might be overstating it a bit.

  3. Everybody knows the John W. Doull’s on Barrington is the superior of the two.

  4. Pretty sure I’ve been here, it’s actually on the Halifax side of the river, not Dartmouth, if I’m not mistaken. Despite the book murder, it’s probably my favourite bookstore.

  5.  Hi all,

    Two points of clarification: we WERE in Halifax for the last 25 years, now we are indeed in Dartmouth, hopefully for the next 25!  (At least!)

    2) *Every* member of staff is a reader and lover and collector of books.  What you see here, used to make this porthole, were books that were water-damaged, had pages missing, or were otherwise unsellable.  We did *not* simply pick a pile of books at random & destroy them. 

    Perhaps we should post a little sign “No good books were destroyed in the making of this bookcase”!  :D

    1. I’d like to think there were several copies of “The Da Vinci Code” in there. Regardless of condition.

      1. Hopefully the Da Vinici Code volumes were at the centre of the hole and were totally destroyed.

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