McConnell is a commercial artist and his explanation focuses on his professional ventures, although assemblages are ideal as personalized one-of-a-kind gifts. They provide a perfect outlet for those with a pack rat instinct for saving trivia, especially lightweight bits that glue easily--ribbon and fabric scraps, badges and buttons, sheet music and theater programs, gears, corks, dried flowers, even small animal skulls, a favorite of his. Most are mounted on wood but some make use of lucite or found objects such as a helmet or steering wheel. Ingenuity is a large part of the effort once a theme is established but McConnell covers the basics too: although the list of supply houses and specialty sources is mostly limited to the New York area, there is a sizable section on adhesives which includes brand names. He describes the stepby-step techniques for some of his own work (the everpresent ""I"" becomes a bit tedious) and also presents the imaginative responses of five high school students on assignment after one of his exhibits. A craft for the enterprising collector introduced with smart tips for the beginner.