One of my favorite baby shower gifts to give (if I have the time to do it) is a personalized ABC book. I haven’t made many–just for a few special people where I had an idea I liked–but they are fun. I like to use ink and watercolors, but I think anybody could do this if they wanted to. You could easily just clip letters and pictures out of magazines and make something unique that way. An ABC of cars or sports figures or artists or pets…. Once the pages are done I usually take them to Kinko’s to get them laminated and bound together into a real little book. Maybe not as useful a gift as something on the registry, but with luck something that could last.
My assistant and fellow Milwaukee luthier, Robyn, is due with a baby this summer, and I couldn’t resist making an ABC of things related to violin making. I get a lot of questions about my job since it’s unusual, so I thought I’d show you the book I made for Robyn’s baby and explain what the things in it are. My kids knew most of them. How many will you know?
I took photos of each page before I had the book laminated and bound. Enjoy the slide show!