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Origami 4 book cover

Origami 4

by Robert Harbin

Published:
1977 by Hodder Paperbacks
Pages:
186
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN:
0340218223

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level : From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Can be very concise and challenging
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? No
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. Many use rectangles

Overall Impression

This is the fourth, and last, in a series of compilations by Robert Harbin, a pioneer of paper-folding in the West. Sadly, shortly after it was printed the publisher decided to discontinue the series, and now this book, as well as the 3rd in the series, are very hard to find. The only version of the book still in print is the Hebrew one, printed in Israel by "Ledori".

The book is an excellent showcase of the international origami talent in 1977, containing works from leading folders such as Neal Elias, Fred Rohm, Patricia Crawford, John Richardson, Max Hulme, Martin Wall and more, and even a couple of works from a young Ronald Koh. Many of the models are of highly original subjects not often seen in origami.

The diagramming style can be very concise and challenging at times, having many steps appear in one drawing, I believe it is still accessible, though, and that this book is well worth the effort for the originality of the models within.

The Hebrew version of this book is still in print. You can get it here (website is in Hebrew).

The Models

Model Designer Page Details Photo
Letter

Letters and Envelopes

Giuseppi Baggi17Rectangle - A size
Carnival hat

Clothes - Hats

Robert Harbin18Square
Bowl

Boxes and Containers

Eric Kenneway19Square
Ted Heath

People

Eric Kenneway22Square

A caricature of a past UK prime-minister
Martian

Aliens

Albert W. Allen23Square

Mask
Heart

Hearts

Alice Gray24Square
Glider

Toys - Planes

C. Plowman25Square
Wallet

Objects - Wallets

John Cunliffe26Rectangle - A size
Ashtray

Objects

Ronald Koh27Square
Sycamore seed

Flora - Trees and Plants

John Smith28Rectangle

Spins in the air
Owl - oligami

Birds - Strigiformes - Owls

Edward Megrath30Square

Also in BOS Magazine 055
Origami Owl - oligami by Edward Megrath Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Owl

Birds - Strigiformes - Owls

John Richardson32Square

Also in BOS Convention 2012 Spring
Origami Owl by John Richardson Folded from a square of mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Sparrow - flying

Birds - Passeriformes

Toshie Takahama34Square

A flapping bird
Loch Ness Monster

Imaginary beings

Steve Manthorp36Square

Clever
Decoration

Geometric and other shapes

Toshie Takahama37Square
2 units
Ball in a ball

Geometric and other shapes

Iris Walker38Square
2 units
Card - king

Toys - Games

Martin Lewis40SquareOrigami Card - king by Martin Lewis Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Dracula fangs

Imaginary beings - Vampires

Eric Kenneway42Square

Also in BOS Convention 2010
Also in BOS Magazine 051
Origami Dracula fangs by Eric Kenneway folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Dracula fangs

Imaginary beings - Vampires

Ray Bolt43Rectangle - 1X2

Also in BOS Convention 2010
Also in BOS Magazine 051
Origami Dracula fangs by Ray Bolt folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Dracula fangs

Imaginary beings - Vampires

Steve Biddle44Square

Also in BOS Convention 2010
Also in BOS Magazine 051
Also in Le Pli 066
Origami Dracula fangs by Steve Biddle Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Dog - barking

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Clive Beeks45Square

Nice action model
Swimmer

Sports and Athletes

Alice Blumberg46Square
Rabbit

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Alice Gray48Triangle
Penguin

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Alice Gray50Triangle

Also in BOS Convention 1981 Spring
Also in Origami USA Convention 1981
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Origami Penguin by Alice Gray Folded from a triangle of double-sided Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Goose

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Alice Gray51Triangle
Elephant - Jumbo

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Alice Gray52Triangle
3 units
Maple leaf

Flora - Trees and Plants

Alice Gray55Square
Dragon - baby

Imaginary beings - Dragons

Bill Warner56Square
Ostrich

Birds - Struthioniformes - Ostriches

David Pacheco58SquareOrigami Ostrich by David Pacheco Folded from a square of double-sided Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Mount Fuji

Nature

Eric Kenneway61Square
Box

Boxes and Containers

Lewis Simon62Square
Toy - sliding

Toys

Unknown64Square
Sherlock Holmes

People - Occupations

Robert W. Allen65Square
Smuggler's Wallet

Objects - Wallets

Vernon Holden68Square

A nice wallet with secret pockets
Walrus

Mammals - Pinnipedia - Seals and Sea Lions

John French70TriangleOrigami Walrus by John French Folded from a triangle of double-sided Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Hummingbird

Birds - Apodiformes - Hummingbirds

Gregory Knesner72Square
Swan

Birds - Anseriformes - Swans

John French74Triangle
Siamese cat

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

Daniel Porter76SquareOrigami Siamese cat by Daniel Porter folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Elephant

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Neal Elias77Rectangle - 1X2

Also in Neal Elias - Miscellaneous Folds - I by Dave Venables
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Origami Elephant by Neal Elias folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Hat

Clothes - Hats

Robert Harbin82Square
Piano

Music and Musicians

Patricia Crawford83Square

Also in BOS Convention 1984 Spring
Also in BOS Convention 2012 Spring
Also in NOA Magazine 286
Also in Origami USA Convention 1983
Origami Piano by Patricia Crawford folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Penguin - baby

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Joel Stern88SquareOrigami Penguin - baby by Joel Stern Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Matchbox

Boxes and Containers

Martin Wall89Rectangle - 1X3
Hand with olympic torch

Sports and Athletes

Martin Wall92Rectangle - 1X3

Also in BOS Convention 2012 Spring
Origami Hand with olympic torch by Martin Wall folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Flapping bird

Birds

Paul Jackson95Square
Rose

Flora - Flowers

Martin Wall96Square

Complete with leaves and stem
Escher

Geometric and other shapes

Mick Guy98Rectangle - 1X2

A unit for Escher-esque compositions
Chick

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

Paul Jackson100Square
Buddha

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Neal Elias101Rectangle
Turtle

Reptiles - Turtles

Neal Elias104Square
Buddha on turtle

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Neal Elias106Rectangle - 1X3

Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Buddha - sitting

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Neal Elias108Rectangle - 1X3
Buddha shrine

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Neal Elias110Rectangle - 1X2

Also in Neal Elias - Miscellaneous Folds - II by Dave Venables
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Viking longship

Vehicles - Boats

Laurie Bisman112Rectangle - 1X4
Tank

Objects - Weapons

Laurie Bisman114Rectangle - 1X3Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Eyal Reuveni
Tree - palm

Flora - Trees and Plants

Max Hulme116Square
Dog

Mammals - Canidae - Dogs

Malcolm Kerr118Square
Star of David - Tri-star

Religion and Holidays - Jewish Religion

Lewis Simon120Square
3 units
Diamond

Geometric and other shapes

Lewis Simon122Triangle
Oberon

Imaginary beings

Neal Elias123Square

Also in Neal Elias - Miscellaneous Folds - II by Dave Venables
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Dancers

People

Neal Elias128Square
Owl - square

Birds - Strigiformes - Owls

Eric Kenneway131SquareOrigami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Rui Roda
Hatching chick

Birds - Galliformes - Hens and Pheasants

Neal Elias132Square

Also in Neal Elias - Miscellaneous Folds - II by Dave Venables
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Origami Hatching chick by Neal Elias Folded from a square of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Siesta - man with cactus

People - Ethnicities

Neal Elias134Square

Also in BOS Magazine 219
Also in The Origami World of Neal Elias by Dave Venables and Marc Cooman
Origami Siesta - man with cactus by Neal Elias Wet-folded from a square of double-sided mulberry paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Decoration

Geometric and other shapes

Iris Walker136Square
Horse - Persian

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

Dale Walton137Square
2 units
Lion

Mammals - Felidae - Lions

Philip Yoshio Kushi140Square
2 units
Helmet

Clothes - Hats

Robert Harbin142Square
Hell cat

Imaginary beings

Robert Harbin143SquareOrigami Hell cat by Robert Harbin Folded from a square of double-sided Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Box

Boxes and Containers

Roberto Morassi144Square
Letter

Letters and Envelopes

Gary Simpson146Rectangle
Hearts with arrow

Hearts

Ronald Koh148Square
Whale

Mammals - Cetacea - Whales

Stuart R. Allington149Square
Indian

People - Ethnicities

Edward Megrath150Square
Marlin

Fish

Peter Ackroyd152Square
Buddha display

Religion and Holidays - Eastern Religions

Robert Harbin154Square
Squirrel

Mammals - Rodentia - Squirrels

Alice Gray156Triangle
2 units
Frame

Objects - Frames

Ed Sullivan158Square
Roses

Flora - Flowers

Fred Rohm159Square

A vase with 4 roses from a square
Anchor

Objects

Ted Darwin162Square
Boat

Vehicles - Boats

Ted Darwin164Square
Leaf

Flora - Trees and Plants

Amarins Hopman de-Jong166Square
Letter

Letters and Envelopes

Amarins Hopman de-Jong167Rectangle - A size
Angelfish

Fish

Dale Walton168Square
Pyramid

Geometric and other shapes

Bobby Walkenburg170Square
Cigarette packet

Objects

David Brill171Rectangle - 1X4

Also in BOS Magazine 060
Also in Brilliant Origami by David Brill
Also in ORU Magazine 12
Origami image from www.giladorigami.com
Folded by Gabriel Vong
Book

Objects - Books

David Brill174Square

Also in Brilliant Origami by David Brill
Also in NOA Magazine 422
Also in Origami El Mundo Nuevo by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Book by David Brill folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Truck

Vehicles - Cars

Max Hulme176Rectangle - 1X3
Matchbox 2

Boxes and Containers

Max Hulme180Rectangle - 1X2

Also in BOS Convention 2012 Spring
Also in Origami Paperfolding for Fun by Eric Kenneway
Origami Matchbox 2 by Max Hulme folded by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
Lizard

Reptiles

Max Hulme182Rectangle - 1X4

Also in Origami USA Convention 1983
Origami Lizard by Max Hulme Wet-folded from a rectangle of lizard-skin paper by Gilad Aharoni on www.giladorigami.com
90 models