At Juniper Books in Boulder, there are books everywhere. Some are classics, like "The last of the Mohicans" and "Moby Dick." Others are old library books or reference books on a host of topics from Western history to the military.
Thatcher finds the books people want, and fits them into a custom library for home, office or business. He says his job is half literary expert and half interior designer. He makes sure the books fit well together on the shelf - sometimes finding covers that are all the same color.
And if he can't find the color of books that the customer wants - he makes new covers to fit the decor. He'll print jackets that look like leather. Or jackets that make a pattern when put together on a shelf. Sometimes it's all about the look, like when a customer wants all red books, or all white books. He'll just take old books and recover them in the colored jackets.
Thatcher says he doesn't mind it if the customer never wants to read the books.
"They can if they want," he points out.
His business is growing and he stays very busy collecting, designing, printing, packing and shipping. He's so busy, that he hardly has time to read. It's the ironic part of being successful.
Thatcher has only designed one library with totally fake books, custom made covers over styrofoam. It was for a broadway play, where they needed a law library as part of the set.
Thatcher Wine loves his work, to him a blank bookshelf is like a canvas for his art - he says there are no limits.
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