Conor Fallon (1939-2007) was one of the finest Irish sculptors since the Second World War, and his reputation is likely to grow steadily in the decades to come. He came to sculpture rather late, when he was approaching thirty. He received much help and advice from older colleagues, but the considerable expertise he built up in the handling of steel, bronze and other materials was acquired almost entirely through his own unsparing efforts and physical energy. The typescript for this short book was discovered after his death and was written near the end of his life. Few liberties have been taken in editing the texts for this book: Conor Fallon knew best what he wanted to say, and his words are an integral part of his thinking.