This handsome book replaces The Complete Metalsmith old edition. It covers twice the material, and goes into greater depth. A rigid fabric cover and elastic band make this a place to store sketches and notes; more than a book, it's a practical tool. This has become a standard text for classes and self-starters around the world. The clear layout and concise format give the help you need in practical terms you can understand. Some people call it the most useful tool on their bench. This volume has a lot of information about various metalsmithing techniques -- polishing, hammering, chasing, engraving and more. Well-illustrated, this book covers working with precious metals, jewelry making, casting and soldering.