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Foldforming Hardcover – April 15, 2008
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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.
I have, over the last week read and re read this cover to cover. It is BRILLIANT. Even if you feel your not really into foldforming or manipulating large amounts of metal - somehow charles lewton brain crosses some kind of conversational/literature boundary and makes you feel engaged in a dialogue with him. Its unbelievable and has made me think that I need to go and buy every jewellery book this guy has ever written!! He discusses the possibilities of things and the absolute fundamental technique of doing it in the most basic step by step formats. He has done this book in such a clever way, I can't even fully put my finger on how he's done this - but somehow this book has made me feel more competent and capable than I have in ages. I've had exciting discovery after exciting discovery these last few days. Its been brilliant. Upon first glance I seriously underestimated this book - I could see it was good and nicely done, but I really underestimated its actual conversation.. It seems to me that one of the things thats so good about its teaching content is how unassuming and simple he makes things seem - very "undaughnting". It makes you feel like you can just go and have a crack at it with little or no cost - to just play about and see what you come up with. I love it. (and recommend it. lol)
This book opens the door to an incredible world of possibility for a dilettante artist who wants to mess around with metals.