My families work was used by Oscar as examples in each of his
books as well as picturing the work of the fantastic craftsmen
Daniel Enos and Jimmy Herald who both learned and worked...
Those Branson books were the most valuable tools I had to get myself
motivated and confident to pursue the art of jewelry. Period. Tim
McCreight was just a young whippersnapper in those days... just like
me. We didn't have "Practical Metalsmith" in back then.
I loaned Oscar's Vol. I to a neighborhood kid who wanted to use his
Dad's silver to make some jewelry, but it turned out to be too much
work. He returned the book a couple weeks later..
Those Branson books are still a treasure-trove for those who choose
to take advantage of the lessons contained therein.
All the best,
Charlotte, NC (USA)