The Complete Book of Origami: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 1000 Diagramsby Robert J. Lang Published 01 Jan 1989
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Create nearly 40 striking paper figures with clear, step-by-step instructions and helpful diagrams. Features simple to advanced objects: cube, parrot, rabbit, seagull, cuckoo clock, rocket, mouse, elephant, violinist, Viking ship, and many more.
"The Complete Book of Origami: Step-by-Step Instructions in Over 1000 Diagrams" Reviews
This is the book that sparked a lifelong love of origami for me, which has taken me across the world. It begins with some of the simplest models I've ever done, and ends up with a semi-working cuckoo clock that uses a sheet of paper as long as a room. To me, this book has been a marker of my origami ability and understanding of directions for models. One of my top origami book picks.
Good instructional guide on basic folds, as well as models to build. Some of the models were a little too difficult for me, but still a fun book.
This is not a "complete book of origami" it is a handbook for advanced students. A complete book would include the classic bases and traditional models. This book contains only original models and these models are not easy. Lang issues several warnings at the beginning: you must read the instructions as well as look at the pictures; you must start at the beginning and work your way up to the harder models.
Lang warns the reader that he does not repeat detailed instructions. If he told you once he won't tell you again. Unless you are very skilled already, don't try any model until you have *mastered* all the previous models.
Lang adheres to the standard of using a single piece of paper for each model and not using any cuts or slits. But he uses several different shapes of paper. He gives ratios for rectangles such as 1:1.294 (8.5"x11) and and 1:2.360 (a dollar bill). But he doesn't give recommended sizes. Some of these models should be attempted with larger sheets than others but he gives no clue as to recommended sheet size.
Most of these models are three dimensional and will not fold flat without being crushed and destroyed. They are also more rounded and smooshed than traditional Japanese origami. Sometimes the instruction is just to pull on a part and "form new creases as necessary". Lang prefers the more "realistic" rounded shapes characteristic of Western origami to the sharper crisper patterns of Japanese models.
There is a mistake on page 12, in the Swan pattern. Illustrations 15 and 16 should be switched.
This is not a book for beginners or casual paper folders. This is a book for serious hobbyists who want to improve their skills.