An incredible effort of love and creativity, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa is the result of years of travel, study, interviews and investigation. Author Matthieu Cheminée, jeweler, photographer and teacher, gained his knowledge of ancient, traditional jewelry-making and metalworking techniques from the masters to be found in every corner of the world, from Taos, New Mexico, to Mali, West Africa. He formed and still nurtures the strong bonds created between himself and those who shared their know-how with him. In this volume, travel with Matthieu to see and be fascinated by the incredible skill and resourcefulness of the jewelry makers who create such beauty and who continue the traditions of art, adornment and metal work as they have been developed and passed down for centuries. No one will come away unaffected by the sheer strength of such ties to the art and industry we all cherish so much.