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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best Celtic Art Reference Book, 10 Nov 1999
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This review is from: Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction (Celtic Interest) (Paperback)
If you are interested in the construction of Celtic Art then this is the definitive book. It was the first book to allow the masses a sight into how the art of the Celts was done and it's still the best. This book will teach you how to draw knotwork, spirals, key patterns and more. If I can do it then so can you. Another review says that the copying of patterns is questionable as Art but that was never the intention of this book, it was made to inspire the reader to attempt to create new designs rather than just copy the old.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece - THE reference for celtic art construction, 7 Sep 1999
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This review is from: Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction (Celtic Interest) (Paperback)
This classic work shows in easy steps how to recreate the various constructions associated Celtic Art - whether knots, spirals, or lettering. In some areas George Bain also shows how the same constructions are used elsewhere in the world. The basic components of, sometimes complex, devices are shown and easy, step-by-step "methods of construction" are provided. This enables the reader to build up complex patterns with no previous artistic or celtic art knowledge. Some reviews question whether the building of knotwork patterns in this mechanistic way is really "art": whilst this may be valid, there is no doubt that this book enables anyone to build impressive and highly attractive borders and patterns in the Celtic style. A must for anyone interested in understanding or building their own Celtic artwork.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The master work, 24 Jan 2007
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D. LIGHTBODY "davel22" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction (Celtic Interest) (Paperback)
This is undoubtedly the master work on this glorious artform of the celts, picts, norse & la tene cultures.

George Bain's book is profusely illustrated with pages and pages of his technical and artistic work, as he tried to derive the rules of construction from the standing stones and ancient books. And what a great job he did.

This is undoubtedly one of the finest books I have ever seen period, and is a treasured part of my personal library. If in doubt, buy it.

On a general note, if you are a beginner this may be somewhat overwhelming in detail, and it may be best to buy this along with one of the more step-by-step beginners guides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work out for both sides of the brain, 1 May 2010
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P. Baily (Salisbury, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction (Celtic Interest) (Paperback)
My decision to buy this book came off the back of a renewed interest in calligraphy, spurred by the purchase of Tom Gourdie's seminal work 'Italic Handwriting - a simple modern style (Studio)' from a church bookstall for 50p. After a lot of work on the handwriting, I was away to the library where I got out every book they had on handwriting. I guess I'm that sort of person. This led to the discovery of the magnificent decorated scripts in the Book of Kells, and it was a short step from there to buying this book.

It is, for a non-artist like myself, the most difficult and frustrating work, but the beauty of the book is that it leaves you to work out how to do things. It was produced for school art classes. After all there is tracing paper if you really can't get to grips with the designs, which are as beautiful as they are complex. The most remarkable thing about the patterns is not only the antiquity, but the scale. Into 5/8ths of an inch square, the writers of the the book of Keels squeezed as many lines as yellow and red ones in a London parking scheme. Still, as Captain Mainwaring once famously said. "I was on Orkney. The nights were long, the men were hard. There was little else to do."

If you lke Celtic designs, you'll love this book. It it written and illustrated with the kind of passion that keeps art alive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book on this subject, 10 Mar 2013
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A treasure of unsurpassed excellence, both in research and execution. And once again, it is an "artist observer" who exposes academia for what it really is: a cabal of pompous small minded reductionist fools, who suffer from the decrepit disease of knowing everything better, when in fact they knowing nothing at all. What we have lost. What we have lost...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and absolutely comprehensive book., 13 Oct 2013
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I bought it because I have somehow managed to mislay mine aand, as I tech Celtic art, cannot be without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars celtic knotwork methods of construction, 28 Nov 2010
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an excellent guide to the step by step creation of intricate patterns, which so far, with practice, i have managed. hours of fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Mar 2014
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I bought this for my daughter as a present. She had this book many years ago but lent it to someone and never got it back. The book is new and was very reasonably priced. I would recommend this seller to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Classic!, 6 Jan 2014
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I bought this book too many years ago to admit, but it's a real gem. I've looked at various books on celtic knotworking & construction over the years & nothing's come remotely close. If you're interested in the subject & constructing your own designs I can't recognise this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets of the Celts laid bare, 14 May 2013
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A lifetime of work went into George Bain's book and it shows. There is a wealth of ideas here, as he pulls together elements from untold artists of the dark age. For those wishing to produce work drawing on this genre, this is a must-have. It also shows us how little we understood of the Picts, Celts and related peoples, and their cultures.
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