Thank you for your input. I tried to send you a long email that
included some of the other responses to my original post but the
email was rejected by your domain because something in the content
Here is the text of my email:
Since most of you responded publicly on Orchid I am taking the
liberty of including all the posts in this response.
First, thank you for your input. It was just what I needed.
Based on the whole conversation, it seems that most of you would
like a lay-flat shop edition and the majority would be willing to pay
a few bucks extra for a book in the $20 to $30 range. So I think I am
going to go ahead and put out that edition.
I had wondered about the choice between the plastic coil binding
shown in my illustration and the Wire-O binding which is probably a
little more expensive and not available locally. However, there seems
to be a slight preference for the plastic coil binding. The Wire-O
binding seems to be vulnerable to crushing and I have also preferred
the coil binding for shop use although the side-by-side pages do not
line up perfectly.
I have met Tim McCreight at the Florida Society of Goldsmiths’
workshops in North Carolina so I will be contacting him. That is a
good suggestion. I am not sure whether he considers me competition or
not. Amazon often advertises his book “Practical Casting” as a
combined offering with my book.
I have one final issue that you all may feel like commenting on. The
perfect bound edition is 7.44 x 9.69 inches which is a common size
for shop books. Tim McCreight’s “Complete Metalsmith” is about this
size. The comb-bound edition that is no longer available was
published as an 8.5 x 11 inch book using the same interior column
size. It has been used at two colleges for casting courses and one
professor said the extra wide margins are great for casting courses
and one professor said the extra wide margins are great for student’s
notes. However, I prefer the feel of the smaller book and, of course,
it takes up less space on the workbench. Any ideas will be
Finally, thanks again for your input.