Lurking for someone to request a wish I can actually fulfill on the Ongoing Wish List Swap got me wondering, what about the opposite:
Stuff I Can Make Swap - Someone lists four or five types of things they can make, possibly providing links to pics. Then someone jumps in and says, "Hey I want a purple yadda-yadda #3 off of your list," and that same person lists four or five things s/he can make. Similar rules would apply: People must be pre-approved, and participants must choose only from the most recent list.
themoonisout & amyshrugged: Thanks for the nice comments.
amyshrugged: Yes, I bound this book last week, and wooden spines do not seem too hard. A friend of mine found the wood for free as scrap from a store. She used a band saw to cut it to the right size for me, though you could also do it by hand. I used her drill press to drill the holes, but I think I can do the same with my hand held Dremel. You can also substitute leather or cardstock instead of wood for the spine. I am cutting up a file folder for a spine for my current bookbinding project.
I have a book about handmade books in which one artist explains how she makes books from paper and a bone folding tool. That's it. Everything is held together by her folding technique.
I totally forgot about limp parchment bookbinding - the medieval paperback The pages are sewn to the spine, but the cover is a tougher piece of paper that is folded to size Absolutely no glue involved. Would this be similar to what you are looking for?
I second the recommendation for Keith Smith's books. I just bought Non-Adhesive Binding Volume III: Exposed Spine Sewings, and I love it. I got into bookbinding through classes in the Society for Creative Anachronism, so most of my bookbinding interest lies in techniques used before the 17th Century, and Volume III has instructions for several of these stitching methods.
As for not using glue on your covers, how about using wood covers? It can be carved, painted, stained, burned, etc. and then stitched to the bookblock.
2. An Altoid tin covered in polymer clay, maybe with a Celtic design of some kind.
3. A mini portrait of one of my dogs. Hey, I know this is a huge request, so I will love you forever if someone actually does this. It can be just a little doodle, sketch, charcoal, crayon, paint, whatever of one of my mutts. Realistic or way out funky crazy colored caricature. I have an Australian cattle dog and a sheltie, I can provide pictures for inspiration. Man, do I have pictures of those dogs.... Woohoo! I got picked - Thank You!