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Alan Revere's book Professional Goldsmithing

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« on: September 10, 2014, 10:52:57 am »

Does anyone here have a review or comments on the Alan Revere book Professional Goldsmithing?  Its pricey and I would appreciate any comments before I decide to get the book or not.  Also any other suggestions as alternatives to the Revere book and reviews would also be appreciated and considered.

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2014, 11:04:04 am »

I haven't looked at his Professional Goldsmithing book but I really like his Professional Jewelry Making book. The book has very nice pictures and is easy to follow.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014, 02:22:09 pm »

"I haven't looked at his Professional Goldsmithing book but I really like his Professional Jewelry Making book"

I just looked on Amazon and Professional Jewelry Making costs  $47.00 plus. Professional Goldsmithing is the early edition and the Professional Jewelry Making is the new release.

Looks to be an interesting read.

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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2014, 09:53:23 pm »

I have his Professional Goldsmithing book and it is quite comprehensive in talking about the tools and equipment need for his projects. The projects start rather simple and go up to quite advanced for the professional jeweler. The photos are very clear and detailed and illustrate the projects quite well. I wouldn't recommend the book for the beginning jeweler.
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2014, 06:30:12 am »

I have this book also.  It contains a lot of useful information, but I thought it wasn't worth the high price. 
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 06:39:42 am »

You might wish to take a look at this book by Chuck Evans Professor of Jewelry and Metals Iowa State university. Jewelry Contemporary Design and Technique.

ISBN 0-87192-141-3  Published around 1983  Available on Abe Books or Alibris for reasonable. I use it a a teaching text when I taught metals.

It has a balance of technique-enough to get a beginner started and enough design to whet the appetite. Pretty good technique information throughout - at least a good introduction to metals.
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 11:33:47 am »

> Jewelry Contemporary Design and Technique<

For $3.97 plus free shipping seems like a steal!
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2014, 05:43:28 am »

I think the Revere book is pretty awesome.  I love the way it takes you through a load of techniques via projects from simple forging up to really complex stuff.  I think if you have done an apprenticeship or other formal goldsmithing training it might be too basic, but for self learners or hobbyists, I think it's great. 

I should say I only have the new version, but I don't think there is a huge difference between the two.  Maybe someone with the old version can post the contents page up for comparison?
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