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The Origami Bible

by Nick Robinson

Published:
2004 by North Light Books
Pages:
144
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9781581805178
ISBN-10:
1581805179

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

Skill Level From simple to complex
Clear diagrams? Yes
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
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)? Some are from non-square shapes

Overall Impression

Nick Robinson is known for his simple, yet extremely clever designs. This book features many of these models, as well as a few contributions from others. While the name "Bible" is a bit of a stretch, the book still has a long "Short History of Origami" article by David Lister, a very comprehensive section introducing the basic folds and techniques, and presents the folder to the various genres of origami with examples of practical, representational and abstract creations. The folder is also introduced to the wet folding technique, with instructions accompanied by step-photos for the 3D steps.

Another feature I like about this book are the "Cheat sheets", included as fold-outs flaps on the front and back covers. These sheets are a quick reference to all symbols and bases used.

A minor problem I have with the layout is the separation of drawn diagrams from the explanatory text, displayed on a facing page. Other than that, the layout is beautiful, with every model coming with a full color picture, the author's notes about the design, and "creative challenges" stimulating the folder to solve design puzzles.

The book ends with a small gallery of models from international creators.

There are 34 Origami Designs in The Origami Bible:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Octagoal crown

Clothes - Hats

Nick Robinson42Square
4 units
Square

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson44Rectangle - A size
4 units

a 45-90 degrees triangle from a rectangle
A4 star

Symbols

Various46Rectangle - A size
Multiform fish

Fish

Various49Square

Nice and simple
Horse head (a)

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

David Brill50Square

Simple
Tree

Flora - Trees and Plants

Nick Robinson52Square

Nice color-change
Silver half-cube

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson54Rectangle - A size
Tadpole

Amphibians

Nick Robinson58Square
Sheep

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Nick Robinson60Square

Somewhat abstract. Very nice
Bear climbing a tree

Mammals - Ursidae - Bears

Nick Robinson62Square
3 units

Also in BOS Magazine 212
Also in Origami Journal (Russian) 30/31 2002 2/3
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 71
Also in Tanteidan 11th convention

Very clever
Origami Bear climbing a tree by Nick Robinson folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Mountains

Nature

Nick Robinson64Square

Also in BOS Convention 2003 Spring
Also in Origami in England by Sergei Afonkin

2 variations
Origami Mountains by Nick Robinson folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Locked glider

Toys - Planes

Nick Robinson67Rectangle - A size
Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Nick Robinson70Rectangle - A size

Also in BOS Convention 2003 Autumn
Also in BOS Magazine 141
Also in CDO convention 1990
Also in Origami USA Convention 1989
Also in The Best of Annual Collections 1981-1995
Origami Butterfly by Nick Robinson folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Popcorn or Chip bag

Boxes and Containers

Nick Robinson76Square

Simple
Wallet

Objects - Wallets

Nick Robinson78Square
Daisy's envelope

Letters and Envelopes

Nick Robinson80Rectangle - A size
Paulo's dish

Boxes and Containers

Nick Robinson82Square
CD cover

Objects - Useful

Nick Robinson84Rectangle - A size

Very useful
Container

Boxes and Containers

Nick Robinson86Square

Also in Origami Kit for Dummies by Nick Robinson
Origami Container by Nick Robinson on giladorigami.com
Folded by Lou Pearson
Star dish

Boxes and Containers

Francis Ow88Hexagon
Gone fishing

Fish

Nick Robinson92Square

A hunting scene expressed with paper
Escher fish tessellation

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson94Square
Kite

Objects

Nick Robinson96Square
A4 rhombic unit

Geometric and other shapes

Nick Robinson99Rectangle - A size
12 units

Also in NOA Magazine 491
Also in Tanteidan 11th convention
Also in CDO convention 1988
Also in Le Pli 65
Origami A4 rhombic unit by Nick Robinson on giladorigami.com
Folded by Nick Robinson
Flower form

Flora - Flowers

Nick Robinson102Square

Simple
Arrow tessellation

Symbols

Nick Robinson104Square

Also in CDO convention 2003
Also in Der Falter 36
Also in Nick Robinson's Beginning Origami Kit by Nick Robinson
Origami Arrow tessellation by Nick Robinson on giladorigami.com
Folded by Nick Robinson
Elephant head

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Nick Robinson108Square

Simple
Baby bird

Birds - Passeriformes

Nick Robinson112Square

Also in Tanteidan 11th convention
Origami Baby bird by Nick Robinson folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Horse head (b)

Mammals - Equidae - Horses and Donkeys

David Brill114Square

Also in BOS Convention 1997 Autumn
Also in Dave Brill - Selected Models 1997-2004 by David Brill
Origami Horse head (b) by David Brill on giladorigami.com
Folded by Herman Mariano
Toad

Amphibians

Nick Robinson116Square

Also in CDO convention 1996
Also in Le Pli 96
Also in Origami Journal (Russian) 7 1997 May-Jun
Origami Toad by Nick Robinson on giladorigami.com
Folded by Nick Robinson
Concorde

Vehicles - Airplanes

Nick Robinson120Square
Mushroom

Fungi

Nick Robinson123Rectangle - A sizeOrigami Mushroom by Nick Robinson Folded from a rectangle of origami paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Green man

People

Nick Robinson126Square

Also in BOS Convention 1991 Autumn
Also in CDO convention 1994
Also in Pajarita Magazine 36
Also in Quadrato Magico Magazine 71
Origami Green man by Nick Robinson on giladorigami.com
Folded by Herman Mariano
Skeletal dodecahedron

Geometric and other shapes

Robert Neale132Square
30 units