Good Moves #1

The first book I bought at my first BOS convention (1984) was “Origami for the Enthusiast” by John Montroll. I was relatively new to folding and as with most folders, drawn to complexity. Don’t snigger, you crease-pattern wizards, in those days, Montroll was as complex as you could find!

So what did I do? I turned to the elephant diagrams and merrily set off. Things went well until I saw an instruction that said “make a double rabbit’s ear”. I knew what a single RE was, but this stumped me for many months. I had a similar experience with double reverse folds – they seemed impossible and no diagrams I could find actually showed a sequence for them.

So I was delighted when Edwin Corrie showed me how he achieved the technique to form a colour-changed head on one of his designs. He had carefully analysed the process and produced a smooth sequence. This is what I call a “good move”. They occur from time to time and are one of the reasons why I still prefer the folding to the finished result. Try it and tell me it’s not a joy!

Edwin Corrie's double reverse fold


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Good Moves #1 — 3 Comments

  1. That’s a great folding sequence, Nick! My thanks to Edwin for devising it, and to you for reproducing it here. I’ve been folding for a mere 3.5 years, since rediscovering the joys of folding, and my creative muse has yet to kick in, so I’ve folded my way through a huge pile of books and BOS magazines. One of my favourites has always been John Montroll, but a recurring irritation has always been the moment where (typically with birds’ heads) he simply says something like “pull out some paper”, and shows a couple of fold lines and a paper-movement arrow, and the next step invariably makes it obvious there’s more to this maneouvre than meets the eye! Hitherto, I’ve sort of muddled along at that point, sometimes getting the sequence required (more by luck than judgement), but more often ending up with my botched model heading binwards! Armed with this “good move”, I now intend to revisit the scenes of some of my earlier failures, so thanks again. (My “Montroll Mood” is currently quite buoyant, having successfully folded his Stegasaurus from “Prehistoric Origami” yesterday).

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