reviewed by Stanley Lechtzin
Tim McCreight, who wrote The Complete Metalsmith, an excellent text for students as well as professionals in the jewelry and metals field, has written a new, more specialized book devoted to all aspects of casting. While this new work is in the same format with many clear illustrations, it does not add much to the available literature in the field. Creative Casting by Choate and Jewelry Casting by Bovin provide much of the same information. The Bovin book furthermore, is more complete technically.
As a teacher I am more comfortable with the format and illustrations in Practical Casting than with the illustrations in the other books I have mentioned because Tim McCreight does not burden us with photos of outdated jewelry of questionable design. Safety is carefully stressed by the author as it pertains to individual processes and materials. If they bother to read the safety alerts placed throughout the book beginners will be kept out of trouble. MCreight is to be thanked for this very responsible concern for his readers.