Book, Paper, Scissors

Brian Dettmer

Can’t believe I missed Brian Dettmer in my pompous Book Art All-Stars roundup. He may be my favorite book sculptor of the bunch because he doesn’t add anything to the books or move anything around, he just carves, recontextualizing existing content.

Brian Dettmer

Brian Dettmer

More at the Haydeé Rovirosa Gallery.


  1. Wow, that’s freakin incredible. He must have zen-like patience. Skills are without question.

    Posted by word!=art on 12 Sep 2007 at 1:00 am
  2. Holy shit, this guy is incredible. That is insane patience/determination to cut out each page like so. Someone give this man a decent copy of the Book of Kells.

    Posted by Taylor on 12 Sep 2007 at 5:10 am
  3. How do you bookmark that!

    Posted by Robert on 14 Sep 2007 at 4:16 pm
  4. That is soo cool!! Awesome! :D But how did you do it?? And it must have taken an eternity!!! Really awesome!!

    Posted by Emma on 14 Sep 2007 at 5:06 pm
  5. I’ve never seen anything like this – totally awesome. Found you by stumbling, and I’m so glad I did. Very inspiring.

    Posted by Emma on 15 Sep 2007 at 6:12 am
  6. So incredible!!!!!

    Posted by Taliba on 15 Sep 2007 at 1:06 pm
  7. Crap man, just down right creative. I would love to see how one of these is made. amazing.

    Posted by Chelsea on 15 Sep 2007 at 1:25 pm
  8. why aren’t there any that just look like frogs though? otherwise I guess it is cool

    Posted by stephen on 15 Sep 2007 at 4:24 pm
  9. And I am having trouble with the Dick and Jane reader. This art is wonderful.

    Posted by Rene on 15 Sep 2007 at 11:08 pm
  10. Wow. Just wow. So good, my faith in the human race just rose a peg.

    Posted by Trevor Pinzon on 15 Sep 2007 at 11:14 pm
  11. Amazing. Is this guy just a rich guy who had a lot of time on his hands. If so then I’m glad he did cause it’s beautiful!!

    Posted by Mike on 15 Sep 2007 at 11:26 pm
  12. this guy must be on some really good uppers…..

    Posted by since1975 on 15 Sep 2007 at 11:45 pm
  13. Just when I think I’ve seen about every art form up comes something really fabulous like this. He has mucho more patience than I.

    Posted by Just Dave on 16 Sep 2007 at 2:42 pm
  14. Amazing! I want to see more!

    Posted by Suzi on 19 Sep 2007 at 7:15 pm
  15. Wow! Very creative form of artwork! Really cool!

    Posted by Gailen on 20 Sep 2007 at 1:14 pm
  16. Please email me, I have an art community blog you may be interested in participating with, also, I’m an antiques auctioneer and come across antique books, I’d love to send you a few when I do if your interested in have more to work on.
    However, maybe it takes a year to do one, and you have all you need!

    Great job!

    Posted by auctionwally on 25 Sep 2007 at 7:14 am
  17. Hello Everyone. I am Brian Dettmer, the artist that did this work. First of all, thank you for your interest and great response to my artwork. I see a number of comments/questions are addressed to me as if I put this here and it needs to be understood that I had nothing to do with this website. Also, I appreciate all the questions and interest but I will not have time to answer them because there are way too many blogs about my work now. For more info about my work you can go to the websites these images were originally lifted from:

    AuctionWally- I appreciate your offer and I’m always looking for material to work with. I don’t want to post my email online but if you contact Aron Packer at he can forward your information and I will contact you.

    Thank You!!!!

    Posted by Brian Dettmer on 01 Oct 2007 at 1:02 pm
  18. that is definitely impressive.
    having just stumbled onto Ron Mueck, i’m beginning to think i underestimated stumbleupon as a simply tekgeek driven service

    Posted by aross on 02 Oct 2007 at 10:30 pm
  19. !!! fantastic

    Posted by Galen on 07 Oct 2007 at 9:29 am
  20. Well that is certainly something different.

    Posted by Nestor on 23 Oct 2007 at 5:01 pm
  21. Anybody knows if the way a book’s “sculpture” is related to its content ?

    Posted by Just Dave too on 25 Oct 2007 at 1:33 pm
  22. Let me rephrase that:

    Anybody knows if a book’s “sculpture” is related to its content ?

    Posted by Just Dave too on 25 Oct 2007 at 1:34 pm
  23. Wow. The best I can do is make those little paper snowflakes.

    Posted by MoneyMoose on 11 Nov 2007 at 9:58 pm
  24. Hey, was using StumbleUpon and found your site. Pretty cool! :)


    Posted by Stephanie on 15 Nov 2007 at 11:09 am
  25. Found on Stumble – Amazing!

    Posted by Kurt on 16 Nov 2007 at 12:03 pm
  26. Whoah!..this is amazing!..@.@

    Posted by Joy on 22 Nov 2007 at 11:38 am
  27. can you imagine the planning??

    Posted by mcclellanville real estate on 28 Nov 2007 at 8:42 pm
  28. Wow, this is truly amazing…Nice piece of work!

    Posted by Daily Common Sense on 18 Feb 2008 at 3:08 am
  29. woah, how long does it take to create one of these?

    Posted by chris on 25 Mar 2008 at 4:24 pm
  30. simply amazing!! I can’t imagine all the time it would take to do this!

    Posted by piqzee on 01 Apr 2008 at 1:53 pm
  31. I would have to say this is beautiful!

    Posted by b on 23 Aug 2008 at 11:59 am
  32. I was Reading that!

    Far better than a good read… Well done!

    Posted by Steve on 25 Oct 2008 at 5:07 pm
  33. Thats amazing! I wonder how long it takes to do all that stuff.

    Posted by Allthebestofthenet on 07 Dec 2008 at 7:07 pm
  34. Holy Cow, I had no idea there was even 1 book sculptor in the world, let alone more such stars.

    This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time.

    AWESOME! Just so amazing where the human mind gets to.

    Posted by Jannie Funster on 08 Jul 2009 at 1:59 pm
  35. bless this post with love,peace,respect and success.

    just let love be

    Posted by love on 16 Oct 2009 at 2:16 pm
  36. That is truly awesome.

    Posted by Jabba on 30 Apr 2010 at 11:58 am
  37. Thats amazing!! How long did you do it??

    Posted by Vicky on 19 Feb 2011 at 4:00 am