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Organic Metalworking
Volume One - The Grapevine

Lorelei Sims

Organic Metalworking is a serial publication which explores Lorelei's passion for creating functional ironwork that emulates asymmetrical patterns found in nature. Volume One features information, insight, instruction, and projects inspired by The Grapevine. In addition to traditional blacksmithing, modern applications for moving and shaping metal are presented.

Organic Metalworking can be used to describe the aesthetic composition of Lorelei's work, but it also refers to the natural development of her skills. This volume illustrates techniques used for recreating vines, tendrils, leaves, and grape bunches in metal. Geared for the reader who is familiar with how metal moves, but would like to expand their capabilities. The use of varied tools and equipment are discussed, including electric and pneumatic hand tools, welding, plasma cutting, and of course, traditional blacksmithing. Also, includes 15 projects with step-by-step instructions, as well as a few images of Lorelei's commissioned ironwork to provide inspiration to the reader.


 72 pages, over 300 full-color photographs, Paperback, 8.5” x 11”, © 2016
Order Number: SJ328...........$22.00

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