about lake michigan book press


“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our sketchbooks and notebooks are for artists and writers who choose quality over quantity. ‘Handmade’ is not just a buzzword in our studio - we love binding books and it shows. Meticulous precision is given to every detail, from the cover down to the elements you can’t see. Underneath every book cover is a board that has been carefully cut; the edges and corners sanded until smooth. Each sheet of paper is cut and inspected before being individually folded then nested together. These elements are sewn together using one continuous length of Irish linen thread, insuring the binding will always remain tight with pages intact, yet flexible enough to lay flat. When you buy handmade, you’re not just supporting a fellow creator - you’re supporting the belief that your belongings should always enhance your life.

Lake Michigan Book Press is located inside the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Every book is handmade-to-order by Crystal Shaulis, a bookbinding instructor who teaches many workshops every year through the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Her artist books have been on exhibit at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, University of Nebraska and the Muskegon Museum of Art.

Our books are also available in person at:

Muskegon Museum of Art Gift Shop
296 West Webster Ave
Muskegon, Michigan

True Nature Healing Arts
100 N 3rd Street
Carbondale, Colorado

Lake Michigan Book Press (by appointment)
Suite 117B  326 W Kalamazoo Ave 
Kalamazoo, Michigan

You can also visit us on Etsy