The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook


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Learn the best techniques of working with gold, platinum, copper, brass, steel, and more. "Surprisingly comprehensive."-- The New York Times. "A gem of a handbook."-- Whole Earth Catalog. "No metalsmith or jewelry maker is 'complete' without this easy-to-use resource."-- Lapidary Journal.

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Richard C P

Feb 14, 2015

If you like metals and shop work++++

Ok, me? I've been smithing and metal working for 60+ years.
This book, at even the original price, is fantastic for anyone that likes to work or play with metals. A couple times it saved me a whale of a lot of time and money by demystifying a process so I didn't have to re-invent the wheel.
It is not only about jewelery but a compendium of fabrication and finishing methods and information for any metals worker. Mostly about non-ferrous metals but good information about iron based metals also.
Tim has spent a lifetime smithing and compiling the information and you can use his information with respect. And, if you need even more information, you at least know what to call the process you are looking for and search further online. Worth its weight for that alone.
I prefer the wire bound one. It lays open on a desk or bench.
I first found the book some years back and made the mistake of loaning it out. Drat!
Bought a new one and that is why I am posting this info review.


Nov 22, 2013

Terrific Book!~

I recently took a silversmithing class and this book has been very helpful regarding the tools needed and their uses. This is a wonderful how to book and is easy to understand!!

Curtis P

Nov 22, 2012

The Complete Metalsmith

While McCreight's book is good, it is not as good as Oppi Untracht's 1968 text entitled 'Metal Techniques for Craftsmen.' Indeed, I suspect that much of McCreight's material came either from Untracht's book or its sources. That said, it's size is handy. It's a convenient reference for use in the shop.


Dec 24, 2009

A must have!

This book is truly one of the books you must have if you do any metal smithing. This is the one book that I go to time and time again when I'm not quite sure what I need to do. The instructions are clear and concise and the pictures are very helpful. This is my second copy! My old one was literallly falling apart from use. There is a vast amount of useful information in this book. This is the one book that I highly reccomend to students.


Aug 6, 2009

For the everyday person

This is a great book, it is written in plain english and is a resource for people who are new to working with metal of all kinds

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