Book Description, Covers, and Exercise Photos

CMF coversBetty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid are two accomplished metalsmiths, both with extensive teaching careers---more than 80 years between them. They have joined forces to provide a comprehensive survey of the ways to form sheet metal with hammers.

The 256-page text covers a huge swath, from a basic dapped disc, to how to hold a hammer, through synclasting, anticlasting and spiculums, to raising and planishing a vessel. Along the way, special attention is given to synclastic and anticlastic forming and ways to combine these forming processes. Additional attention is given to the vocabulary first introduced by their mentor, Heikki Seppä. Creative Metal Forming includes 35 detailed exercises to explain the basics as well as advanced nuances of each category. Metalsmiths Michael Good and Nancy Linkin have each contributed demonstrations of their forming techniques.



  • 700+ photos & drawings
  • 256 pages
  • hard cover
  • 8 ½” by 10 ¾” inches
  • ISBN 978-1-929565-49-8
  • $45.00

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Exercises Photos