Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: The Pocket Paper Engineer Volume III (Book Review)

First Time Visitor?

How to Make Pop Up Cards

to review the basic techniques of pop up making.

File Formats

for tips on using my files with cutting machines.

May 22, 2012

The Pocket Paper Engineer Volume III (Book Review)

The long awaited third volume in Carol Barton's The Pocket Paper Engineer series arrived on my doorstep this week.
Having covered basic pop up forms in Volume I and platforms and props in Volume 2, Barton devotes Volume 3 to V-folds.
Oh, the magical V-fold! I can't tell you how many times I've received a "how does this work?" inquiry from a reader to which the answer is "V-folds."
V-folds can provide powerful lift and surprising rotation to your creations. They can be symmetrical or not, they can lean forward or backwards or sideways. They can even give power to pop ups positioned far from the center fold.
What I like about this book
There is a full sized model for every design, printed on heavy weight paper. The intent is that you will cut the models from the book, construct them, and store your completed samples in the bound-in folder pockets.
The Pocket Paper Engineer models are not too intimidating for beginners, yet are innovative enough for experienced paper crafters. I learned some new tricks, and I bet you will, too. (My personal epiphany was the chess game constructed with straddles. I can't wait to work with this idea on something like Ray Marshall's Paper Blossoms.)
What I don't love about this book
Because there are three volumes, buying the set is a bit pricey. However, each volume stand on its own merits, so you may wish to choose the specific volumes that match your interests and skill level.

Popular Kinetics Press, 71 pages, ISBN-10: 0962775231
Order The Pocket Paper Engineer, Volume 3: V-Folds: How to Make Pop-Ups Step-by-Step from Amazon

Available worldwide from Book Depository
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author.
Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: pop up cards, movable and mechanical cards, digital crafts and unusual papercrafts.


1CardCreator said...

Thanks for the review Carol, I followed your link to Amazon, its on my Birthday wish list now.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful posts. I have been following you for a although on my rss reader, thought i would make the effort to say THANK YOU right now.

eunice said...

I think I need this! V folds are most intimidating for me, and I really need to learn more. Skill level okay for a beginner like me?

Carol said...

I think so, because you can actually cut out and make all the samples in the book to see how they work.