I’m really having a bad time finding books to borrow from the local
library (Spokane) after moving to the Idaho Panhandle.
I’ve only found one master silversmith who had time to talk with me
(Silver Bear, at Wallace), and while I am grateful for his advice to
me today, I’m beginning to finding myself a bit at a loss without
books to practice basic methods.
I need to borrow and use books at all levels up to the lower half of
proficiency: beginners with picture step by step guides, and
intermediate level with detailed descriptions of methods in text. I’m
most interested in the inlaying of stone into silver and in other
Any masters willing to lend me books to borrow for an indefinite
period please contact me offline for a mailing address.
Andrew Jonathan Fine
I'm really having a bad time finding books to borrow from the
local library (Spokane) after moving to the Idaho Panhandle.
Don’t they have access to the interlibrary loan service?
Sun City, AZ
Ask your local library to get books on inter-library loan. You can
get just about anything that way, no matter how eccentric or
A quick Google search told me that there’s also a group called the
Idaho Metal Arts Guild (idahometalartsguild.org). I would research
them, many such organizations maintain a library for their members to
One last source is just searching Google Books
They maintain an electronic library of books that have passed into
the public domain. This includes some outstanding books from the
late nineteenth and early twentieth century on subjects ranging from
engraving to jewelery construction and other aspects of
Many City, County and College libraries in the US participate in
reciprical borrowing programs with other libraries, although they
don’t advertise it much. From my local library, I can access any
library in Ohio. Also, many libraries have their listings on-line so
you know which branch to visit.
Don't they have access to the interlibrary loan service?
Personally I buy a lot of 2nd hand books from Alibris… sometimes
Amazon has a reasonable price, but it’s not usual.
Regards Charles A.
Somebody else mentioned the Metal Arts Guild in their area, today. I
know our local MAG (which is the founding chapter) has an extensive
library available to members (google MAG and maybe your geographical
area). Otherwise, words to live by: If you have a good book, don’t
lend it… I know the last two “good books” I’ve lent I’ve
never seen again. I don’t care so much in the end, but it still irks
me, nonetheless. It takes years to build a library - start today.