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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Craft Books
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (August 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486443558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486443553
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. crichlow on February 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I like this book as reference for lamps in the arts and craft style however if you are looking for lots of step by step instructions you are out of luck. if you are looking for a good reference book and can visualise a project based on a few black and white drawing and some instruction then this book is for you.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Hanson on August 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
I work in both wood and metals and was expecting a basic volume of metalsmithing techniques. To my surprise, this book can be used in metalsmithing (example: dimensional layout drawings awayla), but it focuses on the use of colored paper (instead of mica or stained glass) and cardboard (instead of metals) Although it explores a medium I ordinarily use to design and make mock-ups, the drawings can easily be used in the metal shop using solder or riviting as a fastener instead of glue and tape and mica or glass in the place of paper.

Please note: These are vintage lighting designs put together by Popular Mechanics during the Arts & Crafts era and I would recommend it to anyone interested in this period of design and technique. Although some of the designs are a little 'dumpy', it would take little time or effort to change them to your liking. This book is a steal!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Minneapolis Mike on March 18, 2011
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This is a reprint of a book published by Popular Mechanics in 1917. Some of the lamps have an authentic Arts and Crafts period look. Others seem a bit hokey. (The square-shaped lamps are right on target, while the pendant shaped ones seem to miss the mark.) The book calls for the lamp shades to be made out of cardboard and colored paper, which is quite strange. After all, why would you take the time to build a lamp base out of solid materials and then adorn it with a flimsy shade? Also, the instructions include no useful information on how to actually build any of the lamps, so other than its value as a historical artifact, the text is quite useless. That said, the supplied patterns include dimensions so they are a great reference if you want to adapt them to more substantial materials.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dale Daniel on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I liked Easy To Make Arts and Crafts Lamps and Shades from Dover as it was fun to review the lamps and the directions from 1911. There is no doubt that Popular Mechanics assumed people had a lot more skill in 1911 when it came to building things. The wooden parts of the lamp can be fairly easily reproduced, in most cases, but the lamp shades would be a real challenge. Especially if one had limited experience in metal work. The authors also assume one can obtain metal material easily and at reasonable prices. A lot has changed.

For someone interested in Arts and Crafts (Mission) furniture, hobby woodworkers and metal workers, or a historian looking into the 1911 period this book will be a lot of fun. If one wants to build arts and crafts lamps and shades this book will need to be supplemented with a book explaining the construction in more detail, especially the metal working aspects of the lamps.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woodworker on January 7, 2013
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Only sketches. If you are looking for ideas, use the internet. This book did not have any of the information I was expecting.
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By kim on March 14, 2015
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Not what I thought but ok still
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