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ag. 4, 2006, 9:31am

Very few of my books are catalogued yet, but I love The Usborne Book of Origami, which I have.

ag. 4, 2006, 11:28am

It's hard to pick a single favorite. The two books that I've gotten the most use out of are Origami Omnibus and Origami for the Connoisseur, both by Kunihiko Kasahara. I like the "style" of a lot of the folds in them, and they are about the right level of complexity for my ability and patience.

ag. 4, 2006, 11:55am

My current favorite is Origami to Astonish and Amuse. The patterns are complex, but I was able to fold the car with legs for wheels. I haven't managed the dragon yet. I wish I had more time to play with my books--someday.

ag. 4, 2006, 12:29pm

I wish, I wish!

ag. 6, 2006, 4:20am

I love Jeremy Shafer's Origami to Astonish and Amuse because there are so many fun models in there, and people seem to appreciate silly things like the man-swatter (http://www.barf.cc/jeremy/origami/BOOK/Book_Pictures/Man_Swatter/man_swatter.htm) as presents more than tricky 'serious' models. It's one of the first that I'm going to re-buy for my origami collection (I had a complicated breakup book split-up) - I haven't tried most of the models yet.

I also like Origami Omnibus for the style and quantity of different sorts of models, and Origami Handbook by Rich Beech for basic ones (even though the photographs it uses instead of diagrams are sometimes hard to read, and I was a bit annoyed at how he keeps reissuing it under different titles).

ag. 6, 2006, 7:53pm

Origami Omnibus is one of my favorite books. The HARDBACK BOOK and BOOK COVER is one of my favorite models. I find myself folding it over and over again. Also, Origami for the Enthusiast is another of my favorites. The MOTH model is a personal obsession. I've learned it so well that i can fold most of it without looking. I've made at least 300 - 400 of those over the years...

ag. 6, 2006, 10:29pm

According to the "shared books" list, three of us have Origami Omnibus in our libraries. And all three of us have recommended it. It's impressive to find everyone who owns a title recommending it.

Inkdrinker, I'm impressed by your moth obsession. I've folded that moth a couple times. Too many legs! (That's my general feeling about insect models.)

A while ago I had a similar obsession with Montroll's elephant, also from Origami for the Enthusiast. But I probably only folded dozens of them.

Side note: much to my shock, I discovered that I didn't have Origami for the Enthusiast in my LibraryThing library. It's still on my bookshelf. But this is frightening. I thought I had our entire library catalogued. Now I have to worry about whether there's anything else I missed!

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ag. 6, 2006, 11:03pm

Robert J. Lang's Origami Design Secrets is a book that has boggled my mind since I picked a copy up last year. Mr. Lang's contribution to the art of origami significant, but his expansion of the mathematics of origami puts this work in a whole new category. Has anyone here managed to fold the cuckoo clock?

ag. 7, 2006, 9:00am

The MOTH is almost a sad obsession. I actually carry paper folded to an early stage. I have it on me all the time and I fold the MOTH as a nervous habit. I fold them everwhere I go that has wasted time (i.e. checkout lines at stores).

ag. 7, 2006, 9:26am

We used to have an enormous bit of foil-backed paper that was partly folded into the original cuckoo clock, but it had gone horribly wrong from one of the early steps. No idea which one. It just lurked at the top of a cupboard for years. :-(

I've got a fad for the rose from Origami for the Connoisseur at the moment - it's so pretty. I can't manage the tricky version that doesn't look square yet, though. (Of course, someone from my folding group only does the tricky version, and he's folded that %$@# clock too!)

Do you leave the Moth around in the supermarkets, etc, for people to find afterwards, or keep them?

ag. 7, 2006, 5:59pm

Yes. I often leave the MOTHs in odd places as I finish them (stores, museums, amusement parks, schools, etc...). Actually, when I met my wife for the first time i gave her my phone number in the HARDBACK BOOK from the Omnibus.

ag. 7, 2006, 10:08pm

kaffles: What's a folding group? Is that like a knitting circle, only with origami? Sounds like fun.

Inkdrinker: The image of you wandering around town leaving a trail of moths reminds me of one of my daughter's favorite pictures books, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. The title character vows to do something before she dies to make the world more beautiful, and she winds up doing this by spreading flower seeds wherever she goes.

ag. 8, 2006, 7:56am

kaffles, how did you find your folding group? I would love to have a group like that. There are many models that I know I could fold if only someone else could nudge me through a step here or there and I would be more than happy to return the favor.

ag. 8, 2006, 10:50am

I actually got lured into origami by a workmate, who had a group with two other guys. I think we peaked at about 7 members, and are back down to 4 again now and meeting up once a month at people's houses with diagrams and paper (I think my main role is to make the guys look even more talented...). I'm pretty sure I voted against this name, but it's called Can Fold (we're in Canberra, you see).

Inkdrinker: I don't know where you are in the world, but there's a few big societies, like the British Origami Society (http://www.britishorigami.info) and OrigamiUSA (http://www.origami-usa.org/) which you could maybe contact to see if they have members in your area. (There are various conferences that happen regularly, too, which I'd love to go to one day when I have a *lot* more cash.) I think there's some discussion groups online, but of course it's nicer to have someone there in person.

My group had a sign up in a 2nd hand bookshop for years, featuring a few models and someone's phone number, but only got one enquiry (it was in a out of the way spot, though.) Probably would have had more luck leaving cards in a paper shop.

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set. 1, 2006, 3:14am

My favourite books for folding are by Tomoko Fuse, especially Origami Boxes, and Robert Harbin especially Secrets of Origami. For reading pleasure I love to peruse the Michael LaFosse books Origamido and Advanced Origami.

Thanks for the invitation to the Group - I hadn't checked them out yet so it was nice to be asked :-)

jul. 16, 2007, 10:13pm

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