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Guilloché: A History & Practical Manual

Calina C. Shevlin

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Guilloché is the decorative engraving of a metal surface, such as watch cases, cufflinks, or the Fabergé Egg, with the use of a hand-powered device called a rose engine. This passionately researched book tracks the birth, decline, and revival of this endangered craft and features exclusive information from the world’s few living professional guillocheurs, as well as an exploration of the distinction between guilloché and its forebear, ornamental turning. The word “guilloché” was first used to describe details of ancient Greek columns, but the rose engine didn’t appear until the mid-1700s, near the French-Swiss border. With a basic knowledge of this contraption, and the straight-line machine, aspiring guillocheurs can follow 19 pattern-cutting “recipes” to create several classic designs and discover endless possibilities for new concepts. Authoritative text, gallery and detail photographs, dynamic illustrations, and precise, hand-drawn renderings will assist and delight adventurous craftspeople, machinists and engineers, and steampunks alike.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 270 b/w & color photos & drawings | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350177

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Calina C. Shevlin earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in metalsmithing and jewelry in the United States. While workingtowards her MFA, she discovered guilloché and fell instantlyin love. It became her passion and after several sporadic years of learning theart, she moved to Switzerlandto work at a watch manufacture creating dials and oscillating weights. After afew years, she realizedher desire to disseminate the information as well as give classes to revive adying art form. It is through the research ofinterviewing many existing guillocheurs, and writing a concise history, astold to her by the greats, that this book has become a reality. Calina hasgreat optimism about the longevity of this art because she feels that the timeis right for this information to have the most impact with a turn away fromtechnology and an emphasis on the hand made.