Layabout Books

Layabout Books are all about handmade books and paper. Our paper works have been on show in Bangkok and Chiangmai for several years and we have received commissions for albums, notebooks, and curios.  Now we want to bring Layabouts to all places where people are interested in making books.  A Layabout Shop is coming.  Soon you will be able to buy our books online. UPDATE APRIL 2018: Mr San has taken over eCommerce and this LayaboutBooks website will probably retire. Please check out

Meanwhile, I’ve put up some examples of past Layabouts and will add Work In Progress to let you know what we’re doing at present.

Accordion Book

Accordion Book

You can reach me through the Contact Page.  I will gladly talk to you directly if you show you’re not a robot.

Handmade Books

This website will not try to reinvent the wheel.  There is already a trove of material on the internet and many books about making books have been published since the end of the 20th century.  If you want a single example of what I mean, go to Alisa Golden:

Paper and Art Materials

Bangkok is a major transport and commercial hub with a lively artistic community; however, there is not the range and choice of art stuff that book makers expect in Western Europe, Australasia, and North America, as well as Japan and Korea.  We have to improvise.  The list of places to look for art and craft materials in BKK is not long and any suggestions and additions to the list will be gratefully received.

Handmade Scrapbook

Keepsake Album

Looking Ahead

handmade elephant dung paper

handmade elephant paper

Work in Progress will have its own page and Shop link. Meanwhile, my web guru asks about elephant dung paper and how to make a book with it.  Well, it’s not hard to make a book but you might not want to get your appendages dirty.  In the picture, a man is plunging his hands into the mulch.  Is he wearing gloves?  This subject usually raises a laugh and a slight shudder of dismay.  You can see the process here:

The Journey of Books

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Handmade Books Work in Progress 2013

Layabout Books Handmade Books

Click here or on the graphic to go to the Past Portfolio

Steve Mongkut