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    Default My Book Of The Year.

    I Don't usually rave about books, But The Workbench Guide To Jewellery Techniques, Anastasia Young 2010, is the most comprehensive book on jewellery making I have ever seen. Suitable for experienced jewellers and utter beginners it covers every aspect of jewellery making you need ever know with brief but comprehensive instructions in plain English.
    There are also parts on history, setting up a workshop, tools, design and marketing. The illustrations are clear and the photographs of good quality. please have a look at it, Dennis.
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    Morning Dennis -

    How do you feel this one compares with the older tomes, such as Untracht?

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    I've never been disappointed in your recommendations Dennis, on the strength of which it gets popped straight into my Amazon basket!

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    Just bought it too (you can never have too many fabulous books)
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    I bought this book a little while ago, I read Carole's recommendation, as a beginner I'm looking for books teaching techniques, so when I design something i can find out how to make it. It is a great book
    Jill

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    Well Peter,
    Straight from the shoulder, I have Untracht 1969, but it is a large antiquated tome, full of information, if you can but access it without living in the index. It is very intimidating to beginners and makes no concession to modern studio jewellery. Also it is in black and white. This new book may say nothing to master craftsmen, but to me as an amateur it gives the perfect introduction to each subsection of jewellery making. Should I want to know more I would go to specialised books such as: Metals Technic, Hydraulic Die Forming, Hinges and Hinge-Based Catches, Creative stone Setting...The list is pretty well endless.
    I'm sorry if this has turned into one of my rants,

    Kind regards, Dennis.

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    It's my favourite too Dennis and I agree with you about Untracht.

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    I've had the Anastasia Young book a few months ago and also have to say it is my most used book! My definite favourite. I have taught myself flush settings, etching and applying gold leaf (practising them all still). Easy to use and clear instructions even for a novice like me!

    Have very recently been in receipt of the Untracht book (not the 2010 release) and find it interesting though as Dennis says it's not the esiest book, I find it very antiquated in feel, however when you find what you want it's a goldmine of valuable information. If I had to have one of them on my desert island it would be Young's, (with and endless supply of tools and materials of course!!)

    Tabby

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    Yes but you open Untracht and find yourself lost in details of other cultures and times... it's less a text than a book of exotica; a reservoir for inspiration; a place to discover things you didn't realise you didn't know.

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    Well, from those descriptions it sounds like it probably ought to be on my bookshelf as well. There's a few more of the Lark 500 books I wouldn't mind too (had a quick look at Metal Vessels while at West Dean), so I think Amazon might be getting a visit.

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