Origami for the Enthusiast

John Montroll, (c) 1979, Dover Publications; ISBN 0-486-23799-0

This was the first really great origami book I got. The edition I have has a sewn binding designed to lie flat (this is extremely desirable).

This book begins with simple models and works up to more intricate ones. Each is folded from an uncut square. The book also contains a brief explanation of the symbols used to indicate various folds, and several pages explaining folds and "bases" considered basic. (Many models share the same initial folds; the result of some common beginning folds is called a base, e.g. "bird base", "frog base".)

Here are the critters you learn to fold. ("Steps" is really the number of illustrations, not the total number of folds, which would have been more tedious to count. It's still a reasonable indicator of complexity, though.)

- Fish (12 steps) ... The first few are easy ...
- Goldfish (12 steps)
- Sea Horse (11 steps)
- Whale (19 steps)
- Sunfish (23 steps)
- Vulture (29 steps)
- Ostrich (13 steps)
- Toucan (17 steps)
- Stork (15 steps)
- Goose (28 steps)
- Robin (20 steps)
- Peacock (30 steps) ... Getting more difficult ...
- Rabbit (16 steps)
- Skunk (20 steps)
- Mouse (14 steps) ... I tweaked it and made a gerbil once. : )
- Squirrel (26 steps)
- Rhinoceros (38 steps) ... These are more challenging.
- Elephant (36 steps)
- Mountain Goat (51 steps)
- Camel (33 steps)
- Pegasus (70 steps)
- Moth (32 steps) ... note: the bugs turn out very thick.
- Stink Bug (43 steps)
- Beetle (47 steps)
- Grasshopper (44 steps)

Last modified 14 June 1996

Bridget Spitznagel sprite@cs.cmu.edu