The Complete Book of Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft) Paperback – 1 Jan 1990
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About the Author
Robert J. Lang is one of the most respected origami designers in the world. He is the author of "The Complete Book of Origami" and" Origami Zoo" (written with Steven Weiss). He lives in Altadena, California.
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Mr Lang very definitely has his own style of model and presentation; I liked the use of more text than is normal in origami books. However, many models have taken me numerous attempts & I've ended up annotating the book myself as I've worked out the keys to certain folds
I would not advise this as a first book but certainly buy while available to be there when ready for steadily more complexity. Some reviewers miss out the vital component of the way a paperfolder works; patience!
I buy this not only for me but as a second or third acquisition for those I introduce to origami as either just fun or therapy for arthritic fingers! No one will regret the purchase of this well diagrammed book. Excellent value for money.
* Uses the standard origami notation for diagrams
* Good variety of models
* Lots of models (48)
* Some famous models, such as Lang's cuckoo clock with pop-out cuckoo.
* Many of the models do not start from squares, but may use rectangles or triangles of various proportions. Therefore you can't just launch into a model.
* The explanatory text for the diagrams is placed at the bottom of the page, rather than next to the diagrams themselves, meaning you have to flick between the two. The diagrams are not clear enough that the text can be ignored altogether.
* A lot of the models don't look much like what they claim to be.
* Since this book was published, origami has progressed a long way. It's now possible to get more impressive results with less folding effort.
* Most diagrams do not differentiate between the front and back of the paper, making them harder to interpret.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems to jump straight from a very small selection of somewhat dull models to very complicated, nigh on impossible ones.Published 4 months ago by Dead Jester
Says it is the complete book of origami but only has annimals in it which I am not interested in. I was expecting it to also contain instructions for flowers etc.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer