Indian Silver-Smithing (Paperback)
In striking shades of turquoise and colorful earth tones, the splendid silver jewelry of southwestern Native American Indian tribes is some of the most admired in the world. Author Walter Ben Hunt spent years steeping himself in the indigenous cultures that created these magnificent works of art, studying the craft and learning to practice it himself. In Indian Silversmithing, Hunt shares that knowledge and wisdom with readers.
Beginning with his deep understanding of native silversmithing as practiced by Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Santo Domingo, and Rio Grande Pueblo peoples, Hunt explains creative techniques using traditional hand tools and proceeds with descriptions of more modern tools and methods, such as the use of acetylene torches and ready-made solders. Progressing from simple to more complex projects, he provides detailed instructions for making specific jewelry pieces; among the items included are earrings, brooches, bracelets, buttons, belts, clips, canteens, conchos, and squash blossom necklaces. Skills such as stamp making, soldering, tarnishing, and antiquing are fully covered, as are the practical aspects of setting up a workshop, the tools of the trade, where to buy raw materials, and developing a productive mindset and habits.
Indian Silversmithing has been a favorite among crafters for generations, and many of the traditional techniques covered are still widely used today. Not only does this invaluable guide teach you how to make the jewelry yourself, it also explains the meaning behind the various Native American decorative symbols and designs. Photos and illustrations accompany instructions and descriptions of all of the jewelry discussed. A vital resource for teachers and students alike, this venerable guide will serve as an inspiring, must-have reference book for anyone interested in the history and craft of southwestern Native American silver jewelry making.
This edition is a faithful reproduction of W. Ben Hunt's original 1952 edition.
This book is also available from Echo Point Books as a hardcover (ISBN 1648372570).