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Old School Origami
 
Old School origami is my term for designs created using the traditional set of standard bases (the waterbomb base, the preliminary fold, the fish base, the bird base, the frog base, the windmill base, the blintzed fish base, the blintzed bird base and the blintzed frog base) which are generally conceived of as points of departure for the creation of multiple designs.

By contrast I use the term New School for designs which use custom bases, which, by contrast, are often conceived as that stage in the creation of one particular design at which all the points necessary for that design have been created.

Here is a selection of some of my own Old School designs. Details of relevant designs by other designers will be added as time allows.

 
 
 
  Aliens - play origami design from the bird base. Aliens will hang in chains.   S074   1989   BOM 184 June 1997 // As Clingons in Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5
 
  Bowl on Legs - from the windmill base.   S174       Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Mr Yapper - double action design from a blintzed bird base.   S086   1987   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Piranha - biting action toy from the windmill base that can be used to demonstrate catastrophe theory.   S063       Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5
 
  Polly's Parrot - old school design from a bird base.   S069       Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7. Attributed to Polly Smith // On-line diagrams are also available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Tortoise - old school design from a windmill base.   S084   1987   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Whippersnapper - scissor action snapping toy from a fish base.   S070   1986   Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 // On-line diagrams are also available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.