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Foldforming Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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About the Author
Charles Lewton-Brain received his initial training in Germany and later earned a Master of Fine Arts from SUNY New Paltz. In the 1980s he invented a way of working with metal that exploits its inherent behaviors. Through hundreds of workshops and in his position at the Alberta College of Art + Design, Charles has developed the science and art of foldforming to its current high standard.
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Clear, descriptive photos fill just about every page. These pictures serve three major purposes: they instruct in technique, they show the kinds of results that each technique can create, and they display masterworks that exemplify the finest results experienced crafters can produce - sometimes, all at once. Artisans at every level will find something they can use. Someone with just a hammer and bench block can get great results, as can the maker with access to a powered rolling mill and hydraulic forming press. My one peeve with this book, and it's just a small one, is that Lewton-Brain never specifies the thickness of materials to work with. I know that he encourages direct experience and experimentation, but the beginner might want to know whether to start closer to 24ga or 12ga sheet - it makes a difference.
One thing that makes this book attractive is its emphasis on inexpensive materials, the kind you don't mind making mistakes with. Samples in gold and silver appear, of course, but nearly all of the demonstrations use copper - not just because of cost, but also because of its unique working properties and the many kinds of surfaces it yields. The big appeal, however, is not just the organic beauty of the results, but the sense of play and exploration that pervades this book. I can't think of any other book on any craft that conveys so much pure fun in handling the material.
A lot of times when I buy books that are how to books, I am very disappointed in them because they maybe have one or two things in it that are of any use to me. Not so with this book. I am very happy that I decided to purchase it and I haven't regretted it. I feel that I definitely got my money's worth in this book. The instructions are easy to understand and follow, and the illustrations and photos are very helpful. I'm very pleased with this book.
The author spends a lot of time explaining why metal will react a certain way to certain actions in hopes of not just showing you how to fold metal, put in vise, hammer like this, but to have you thinking about why the metal moves with these choices you've made, how is strengthened or weakened, how you can shift one action slightly to get dramatic differences in outcome.
This isn't a recipe book for how to create every fold there is, a how to make pendants, earrings etc. This is a book that helps you learn how to make basic folds, how to turn those basics into fancier folds and why the fold occurred so that you can really explore the vast potential of these methods without being constrained to the methods you learned, rather, freed of constraints by using your knowledge of how metal will react to your action and creating innumerable variables with metal, vise, hammers etc.
I keep trying to think of an analogy for this book and I always come back to math. He isn't telling you to memorize your multiplication tables, he's telling you how to multiply so that the entire universe of numbers opens up to you.
This is a book that belongs in every metalsmiths library. It leaves you wanting more tho lol!! A great follow up to this book would be a coffee table style book of foldforming artists works so you can really see what people have done with this skill. There are a few examples in the book of finished works.... beautiful ones... however, as a jewelry artist I would love to see more ideas of jewelry work to get my inspiration juices flowing. That's not a hit on this wonderful book by any means... just expressing how this awesome book deserves to have more books in this category to bounce off it, support it etc. Foldforming is still a bit underrepresented in the book category. Pinterest is the current go to inspiration point lol.
Overall this book is wonderful. It's relevant for metalsmiths of art, jewelry, practical pieces (salad tongs?! Tea sets!! So many beautiful photos here) etc. I am going to get the hard copy tho. I get kindle when it's cheaper than hard copy, however, I find reference books are better hard copy. Sometimes photos can be confusing in the ebook layout. That's true of all ebooks so it's not a ding on this. Ebooks enable me to learn and read more than I would be able to if only hardcopy were available. That darn broke artist addage is too true here! Lol
That reminds me, this book was wonderful about offering solutions of adapting what you have, inexpensive solutions to build or affordable solutions found at the hardware store for tools used in foldforming. Refreshing since tools seem to always be expensive and I'm always needing "just one more" to learn a new skill. No wonder we're always broke lol!!
I really don't have anything negative to say.
Great book... hopefully my review helps you l
This is my honest opinion and I have NOT been compensated in any way for this review.
I have included a photo of a copper lily and copper roses that I made using the Foldforming techniques in this book.