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Form Emphasis for Metalsmiths Paperback – August 15, 1978
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The art work is done by the author and are numerous. Since he was doing the drawing they reflect what he was thinking to a fine point. The pictures are in the style of the 70's brightly lit black and white. Each chapter has definitions of all things described. The glossary at the end of the book is illustrated with the drawings of the author ,the generic terminology,alternative terminology and etymological origins.
Having heard,and read all the artsy,2 dollars words thrown about by people that have no idea what they mean in relationship to the forms they are describing. It was a enjoyable read and I do own it.
This book starts where others leave off. As a result, it skips the basics that a reader is expcted to know already. Those include soldering, annealing, raising or sinking of simple forms, and matching of complex shapes to be soldered to each other. Instead, Seppä goes into detail about forging of complex forms, including anticlastics, multi-part shells, and even a forged cube! Within each section, Seppä guides the prepared reader through steps, with special focus on the unusual techniques needed. The well-prepared reader will easily follow along as Seppä shows which part of the workpiece requires attention, and the kinds of blows needed to create the desired form.
The other major thrust of this book addresses the language in which metalsmiths describe their forms. Seppä asserts that terms like "bowl," "platter," or "box" create un-needed confusion between form and function. That, he believes, restricts the creator's imagination. If, instead, the smith thinks of a rounded concavity rather than a bowl, it suggests many more ways to incorporate that same shape into different design contexts. So, in addition to using unfamiliar shape-words (like 'spathe' and 'xiphoid') in the how-to section, Seppä adds 30+ pages of glossary. That creates a verbal short-hand, summarizing a complex thought in one word. Then, when those complexities have been reduced to single words, it becomes that much easier to combine them into larger structures.Read more ›
This book looks in detail at the different shapes that metal can be forged into, without, most of the time, being worried with what the shape will be used for. Seppa tries to separate form and terminology from function, believing that abstracting these shapes will allow the artist to use them more freely and in more unexpected ways. This book will take you deeper into working metal than almost any other book.
To me, the major drawback is the overly complicated language Seppa proposes for describing shapes, which sound, for the most part, clunky and even pretentious.
The text is rather heavy and the diagrams supporting it are rudimentary and often have no sub-titles of explanation.
I like the book but as a ready reference, but it would not be the one I pick up first- a DVD on metal-shaping would probably be more useful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must have for anyone interested in metal forming. Author, the late Heikki Seppa, was a master of this technique. His language and instructions are clear.Published 5 months ago by Diane M.
If you are really serious about foldforming and metal raising, this is the seminal work written in the '70's, published by the Kent State University Press. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Barbara
This book is full of great information. I am a beginner in metal forming and this book has given me endless ideas and inspirations of projects I have added to my list of things to... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by J. Garrison
This book by Heikki puts considerable emphasis on educating the reader in the appropriate use of the correct terms used to describe the various forms and shapes, it is helpful to... Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by D. Fleckhammer