on April 9, 2001
I purchased this book with the intent of learning to weld as a sculptor. What I found was a book that tried to be several things at once and mostly confused me. There is a dearth of technical info that goes into lengthy explanations of welding techiniques. But the illustrations in support of it are somewhat simplistic and even sometimes counter to the written explanation. There are also several 'projects' which are intended to help the student progress from simple to complex. But the projects seem to make great leaps forward in complexity without sufficient explanation. I get the feeling this would be a great course supplemental in the hands of a skilled instructor, but for a novice or even intermediate seeking self-education I would not recommend it.
on May 8, 2004
I bought this book to get technique and how-to ideas and found it gave extensive how-to directions for HIS method of build-up brazed sculpture using oxy/acet torches. His instructions on building basic structures, frameworks, melting/dribbling on brazing rod to fill-in/surface the framework, and mounting/finishing your sculpture are well done. BUT, it only gave (very) limited technique ideas on other metal sculpture techniques. If you are interested in using electric based welding techniques to build steel, stainless or alum sculptures, you may want to look elsewhere.