I will be the first to admit that I am not the best student - hitting the books has never been my strong suit. But let me introduce you to my favourite textbook - Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight. It was required reading during my formative learning-to-goldsmith years at George Brown, and to this day I keep it beside my bench for quick and easy access. Well written and endlessly informative - many many moons later and it is still such an interesting read. If you are an aspiring goldsmith or jeweller, I definitely recommend getting acquainted with Mr. McCreight and all his wise, wise edutaining words. As an added bonus, once you've flipped through the textbook as many times as I have, you won't even need to open your eyes. Absorption through osmosis - it's a thing!