Submitter: I work in a large, urban public library system, and much to my chagrin this vintage handicraft horror was in a library’s circulating collection. If you have steady hands, up-to-date tetanus shots, and a penchant for collecting tin cans, have I got a craft book for you. Before you recycle another beer, soup or sardine can, discover the exciting art of Can Crafts. Sure, you have to follow endless pages of single-spaced instructions, and risk a trip to the emergency room, but you could make such charming and useful objects as an ashtray, toothpick holder and circus wagon. I’m partial to the awkward Acknowledgments, with a shout out to the illustrator “who devoted endless hours creating the many tedious drawings.” The author certainly has a can-do attitude: “Why solder when you can get by without it? However, if you have one and know how to use it, it may come in handy.” I like how the author addresses/dismisses obvious safety concerns right off the bat in the Preface: “People ask, “How many times do you cut your fingers?” My reply is a question: “How many times do you burn your fingers when you strike a match?” Respect the cans, watch how you handle them, and I am sure you won’t need Band-Aids in your toolbox.” We all must suffer for our art.
Holly: “Can-do attitude” <snort!>