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The Star Trek Craft Book: Make It So! by Angie Pedersen
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Pocket Books/Star Trek Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781476718644
Date: 30 April 2013 List Price $19.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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The Star Trek Craft Book is a great book for a crafter, but also full of great Star Trek information from the The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.

If you are a hard-core Trekkie, then obviously you need the Star Trek Craft Book. If you are a moderate Trekkie, you will still enjoy it, even if you are not into crafts. Along with the craft instructions, the author provides stories, detail and comparisons from all the various Star Trek series, including the original Star Trek series, The Next Generation, The Animated Series, etc. If you are a Trekkie and a crafter, then buying the book is a no-brainer.

The crafts cover a large range of items from simple to difficult, but all are explained and illustrated well. The back of the book includes a glossary that defines all of the crafting terms used in the book, so even if you are a beginner, you will have lots of help. The book even includes a party suggestion. Making the crafts is a great party idea and is even suitable for friends who have small children.

The Star Trek Factoids are great. Each craft has an element about one of the series. My favorite is the Spock Monkey, made out of socks. I never realized that Spock once had a pet. In the original series episode "Journey to Babel", Spock mentions that he had a pet sehlat. It is a Vulcan bearlike animal with claws and fangs. The sehlat shows up in a later episode of The Animated Series.

Some other interesting items are Star Trek wineglass charms, a Klingon Serving Tray, a Star Trek dog vest, and of course, tribbles. No collection is complete without a tribble! Each craft has interesting facts about one of the Star Trek versions and the associated characters.

All the craft are transferrable. Of course, since I am an engineer by trade, I spend time figuring out how I can modify one craft and turn it into another to meet my needs. For instance, if you like the artwork intended for a coaster, you can convert it to a tee shirt emblem or wall art, plus many other combinations. The back of the book includes the various patterns that are useful for the specific crafts for which they are intended, but also can be copied, enlarged, shrunk or whatever to fit whatever size or design you need.

I loved the Star Trek Craft Book. I am a Moderate Trekkie, I found the craft ideas interesting and I leaned a lot from the various facts and details about the characters and the various series.

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