Little Free Library Project / Mike Smith

About a month ago, I read about the Little Free Library project:, and decided to make one when the weather was warmer here in Wisconsin.  So, here it is.  It took all day, but I started with a recycled cabinet from Restore, rather that build the whole thing from scratch.  It was 1/2 price day, and the cabinet cost $15.  Everything was recycled, except the board I cut for the shelves.

I put it up this afternoon, and have already got some ‘action’!  I may set up a table, and my latte machine out there!


About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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7 Responses to Little Free Library Project / Mike Smith

  1. janeenate says:

    Very very cool idea 🙂 I remember a time when our little post office in my hometown did something similar to this years and years ago. I guess people were taking but not returning books because they stopped the “mini library”

  2. sbmacinnis says:

    This is a great idea Mike, and it looks really cool! I should send you a book for your library.

  3. Great, I’ve already had some ‘borrowers’.

  4. barbaraelka says:

    this is such a noble idea….

  5. Nice! I love the free libraries! And great craftsmanship!

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