Book Review: Ironwork: Dynamic Details by Dona Z. Meilach

I received a copy of this new book after I had ceased publication of
Blacksmith's Gazette with the December 2006 issue. At the time it came
in, I was extremely busy and set the book aside. I just uncovered it
today to discover what a treasure trove of design details is it. The
book has very little text. It is mostly photographs and photo
captions, but is a magnificent idea book with many detailed
photographs you seldom see in a book.
The book is divided into six chapters:
Chapter 1-Flowers and Nature
Chapter 2-Grapes, Vines, and Leaves
Chapter 3-Critters with Character
Chapter 4-Joining: Punching, Collaring, and Riveting
Chapter 5-Wraps and Scrolls
Chapter6-Textures, Twists, Folds, and Weaves
If you are looking for an idea to enhance a gate or other structure
that you are making, this book will likely give you some ideas that
you can use without having to steal someone else's design.
The book was published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley
Road, Atglen, PA 19310 USA. The book is a hard cover 160 page book
with color throughout. Price is $39.95 plus shipping. You can order
from the publisher or you can order via Blacksmith's Gazette, PO Box
2168, Snohomish, WA 98291 USA. Shipping will likely run about $5.00.
Dona Z Meilach has written a number of books on Metal Working/
Blacksmithing. Over the years, I have been pleased to review most of
them. This book is a keeper and should be in every decorative
ironworker's library.
Fred Holder
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