Janet, Brynmorgen Press is owned and run by Tim McCreight. If you
visit his web site at brynmorgen.com, you will see a whole bunch of
familiar titles done by Tim and others. He brought Jean Stark’s
wonderful Classical Loop-and-Loop Chains into print in a wonderful
new format. My favorite book is Boxes and Lockets, but
Fundamentals of Metalsmithing is also excellent. I keep his little
book on design as bedside reading.
In other words, you couldn’t hope to have a better publisher for
Complete Metalsmith, since it is one of the rare times when the
author has had complete control of the book’s production. It is
truly a labor of love.
I have not had an opportunity to see the three new versions of
Complete Metalsmith side-by-side yet. However, I would strongly
recommend the professional edition because of Tim’s breadth of
knowledge and his gifts as a teacher. It will certainly be
accessible to you as a hobbyist. You can expand your skills at your
own pace, and you can use it as a reference when you encounter
something you’ve never seen or done before and want to know more.
As for the difficulty that you mention with the printing of this an
another Brynmorgan book, I would suggest that you send Tim e-mail at
the Brynmorgen Press web site and tell him about the problem. This
is an important thing for a publisher to know.