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2015 new books
Personal Hang-ups
The Center for Art in Wood
• 38 contemporary studio artists create inventive sculptural forms for hanging objects
• An Inspiring collection of contemporary hand-crafted designs in wood and other media
• Artists’ statements give insight into their processes
“I am interested in your personal hang-ups: Not your lifetime neuroses but your (ideal) hat, coat and/or
clothes tree or hanger, wall hooks, free standing pole, rack, stand or small wall system.” With this invitation
Gail M. Brown, an independent curator, challenged artists to create “inventive forms” for an exhibition atThe
Center for Art inWood in Philadelphia. The resulting sculptures by 38 artists ranged from a straightforward
coat rack to a four-foot apartment house riding on a fish, from a scepter-like paean to Joan Miro to a “four
eyes nun-backed chair,” and from a bird house to a wall-mounted seat and desktop. The artists used a wide
range of woods, from the ordinary to the exotic, as well as rubber, steel, and gold-plated brass. The works
project grace, intelligence, whimsy, humor, and serious craft.
The Center for Art in Wood
is a nonprofit arts and educational institution in Philadelphia that
features international contemporary art made fromwood in changing exhibits, amuseumcollection showing
the breadth of art created from wood, and a research library.
Size: 9"x 6" • 58 color images • 96 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4811-2 • hard cover • $19.99
Blacksmithing Techniques:
The Basics Explained Step by Step, Complete with 10 Projects
José Antonio Ares
• This comprehensive resource teaches basic techniques in 8 core areas—plus includes 10 step-by-step projects
• Over 500 detailed full-color photos help keep the learning clear and precise
• Introduces the traditional techniques from a modern perspective, with ways today’s technology helps the
The perfect resource for starting work inmetal forging, this guide introduces the traditional techniques from
a modern perspective. It focuses on the basics, and includes classic procedures of the craft like punching
and bending, as well as modern processes such as plasma cutting, heating with a blowtorch, or the use of
manual power tools. With clear instructions and over 500 detailed full-color photos throughout, the book
introduces the craft’s materials and tools, from the raw material (iron and steel), to the fuels, to the forge
and its accessories. Next, basic techniques in 8 key subject areas are taught step by step. The book includes
instructions for 10 creative projects ranging from a cold-forged table trivet to a candelabra, and even a large
sculpture applying industrial processes. A creativity-inspiring photo gallery features a selection of pieces by
artists worldwide.
holds degrees infine arts, printmaking, and sculpture. Heworkswith variousmetals,
and also teaches technique as head of the studio at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 502 color photos • 144 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4935-5 • hard cover • $29.99
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