Draughtsman’s Work contains, in a form convenient for everyday
use, a comprehensive digest of information, contributed by
experienced draughtsman, scattered over the columns of Work and
Building World, two weekly journals it is my fortune to edit,
and supplies concise information on the general principles and
practice of the art on which it treats.
preparing for publication in book form the mass of relevant
matter contained in the volumes, much of it necessarily had to
be re-arranged and re-written.
contents of this book consist substantially of several series of
illustrated articles by Prof. Henry Adams, originally
contributed to Work and Building World.
The writings of many other contributors are so blended that it
is difficult to distinguish any for acknowledgment.
Readers who may desire additional information respecting special
details of the matters dealt with in this book, or instruction
on any building trade subjects, should address a question to
Work or Building World, So that it may be answered in the
columns of one of those journals.
book deals with the principles upon which mechanical and
architectural drawings are made, and it is proposed, in the
following chapters, to give a course of practical
instruction in technical drawing as applied to the
branch of drawing does not aim at producing pictures so much
as at showing conventional representations which shall
enable other persons to construct precisely and exactly what
the designer intends, in shape, size, and arrangement.
primary essentials are accuracy and neatness. An inaccurate
drawing invites bad workmanship, and one not neatly made at the
least leaves a doubt as to what is required.
may occur in business that many things have to be hurried over
for want of time, in learning a subject the student should not
be satisfied unless each portion of his work is an improvement
upon the last, and is the very best he is able to do; speed can
always be superadded to accuracy if the latter is mastered
first, but the order can never be reversed
P. N. Hasluck