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[Book Review] The Penland Book of Jewelry


#1

Hello all:

The esteemed craft school, Penland in North Carolina, has just
produced an incredible book by master jewelers called:

The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques

There are several processes that have been greatly discussed on this
list, such as electroforming, etching, hydraulic forming, that are
explained beautifully through beautiful photographs and in step by
step.

For example, Jan Baum’s intricate wearable vessels are de-mystified
in 42 steps, each with photos from etching and die forming to final
fabrication.

Douglas Harling’s textural and lush gold granulation pieces are
beautifully explained, leaving nothing behind and showing the viewer
each questionable trick of “how do they do that.”

This book explains each process and each technique, filling the
reader of possibilities of their own to explore. This is a must have
for all of us who need to connect cerebral with visual
content and this book beautifully serves that purpose. Other
techniques covered are forging, etching, electroforming, wax casting,
mold making using alginate molds and wax, gold alloying, goldsmithing
techniques in rolling sheet and wire from ingots and color
embellishment.

The Pendland Book of Jewelry books embodies the mission of Ganoksin
by filling in crucial gaps of our learning process.

Well done Penland and kudos to Lark Books for producing this book.
Thanks also to all the fine instructors willing to show their tricks
and techniques.

The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques By
Lark Books

Price $23.07

Media: Hardcover
Manufacturer : Lark Books
Release data : 01 October, 2005

Karen Christians
M E T A L W E R X
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
Ph. 781/891-3854 Fax 3857
http://www.metalwerx.com/
Jewelry/Metalarts School & Cooperative Studio


#2

Hi Karen,

Thanks for the recommendation. I just received my copy. It is a
wonderful book for both newbies and for those of us who have been
around the block more than a few times. The layouts, photography,
step by step descriptions, etc. were all excellent. I highly
recommend it.

The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques By
Lark Books

Price $23.07
http://www.ganoksin.com/jewelry-books/us/product/1579906982.htm

Media: Hardcover
Manufacturer : Lark Books
Release data : 01 October, 2005

Joel

Joel Schwalb
@Joel_Schwalb
www.schwalbstudio.com