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Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition Spiral-bound – February 1, 2005
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it's a masterpiece. --Bruce Baker Studio
If you are a super-serious metal worker, youll like this version, which is twice as big as the Student Edition. --Tammy Powley, About.com
a smart, stylish cover and larger binding rings expanded many topics a legacy for future generations. --Tom & Kay Benham, Lapidary Journal
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Tim McCreight has been teaching metalsmithing for over three decades. He brings his years of experience and his passion for the field into every page.
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What this book is: This book is a reference book which touches on many techniques used within the field of metalsmithing and jewelery making. I've been a silversmith for over 15 years and I learned quite a bit from this book. Personally, I think the title of the book is a bit misleading.
Though it does touch on an enormous amount of invaluable information, that's pretty much all it does is touch on it. I certainly wouldn't call it "Complete Metalsmith". The book is illustrated by very small basic drawings, some of which can be a little bit hard to understand.
What this book isn't: This book is not a typical How To book. You're not going to see illustrations or instructions on how to make specific jewelry pieces. And you're barely going to see much in the way of drawings on how to actually do the techniques described. It's more like a text book of techniques without much in the way of visuals.
If you are the type who learns better by illustrations, then I would suggest The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques by Anastasia Young, which I received yesterday and is an absolutely beautiful book with loads of information and gorgeous photographs. And the price is extremely reasonable for such an excellent book.
But if you can swing it, I would recommend both of these books. I wouldn't want to be without either of them.
The book covers the basic of tools, materials and processes and also some more complex aspects of metalwork. It is the kind of book you might refer to first, when you have a question or just want to refresh your knowledge about a particular topic. The explanations are clear and the photos give an excellent visual lesson.
In a sense, this is a starter book but it is also an excellent springboard book because each subject McCreight covers is really an introduction to infinite possibilities. He invites you to learn from him and then you take it from there, to where your artist mind and hands want it to go.
Some of McCreight's other books (e.g.Practical Joining) are often rehashes with a bit more thoroughness of this book, while others (e.g. on PMC - precious metal clay) cover other topics. Of the numerous books by MeCreight in my library, I refer to this one first. The spriral binding is great and thus when I have to review something when working, the book lies flat and doesn't need to be held down in order to stay in place.
The only drawback is that the cover (at least my version) tends to attact fuzz or dog hair when I take it from my work area to review sections in my home. Weird...luckily tape takes care of that problem for I don't want to give up my pets!
So for beginners to advanced workers in metal - get this book first...or second if you want a more beginner book to see if this work is really for you. Other books by McCreight should be considered IF you are interested in pursuing various aspects of metalwork in detail (e.g. "Metals Technic" - book based on his workshops and focused on producing quality pieces in various methodologies...but some of the images in it have much to be desired - ?new addition might help that???).