The Guide to American Money Folds
- 2004 by Island Heritage
- Spiralbound hardcover
|Skill Level||From simple to intermediate|
|Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)?||Yes|
|Photos of completed models?||Beautiful photos|
|Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper?||No|
|Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)?||Most are from $ sized rectangles|
As with all of Fukumoto's books, this book has an impeccable layout. The special binding (spiral inside a Hardcover) is very convenient for keeping the book flat, and the photographs are fantastic. The book starts with tips about the types of currency to use, how to calculate the dimensions for paper substitutions, and explanations about the folding symbols.
A new diagramming concept introduced in Fukumoto's books is the color-coded
instructions. The text that accompanies the diagram comes in the color
of the folding lines on the diagrams, to make it clear what instruction goes where. I find it to be a bit confusing sometimes, but maybe it's something you need to get used to.
The models are very good, and many of them utilize the features of the $ bill
in the final design. Every model comes with tips for using paper other than
currency bills for folding.
Some of the models have already appeared in Fukumoto's previous book:
The Guide to Hawaiian Style Money Folds, but the two models I think are
worth the price of this one are the Statue of Liberty and the Christmas tree.