Workshop Receipts was compiled to
effect three purposes; to serve as a note-book for small
manufacturer; to supply the intelligent workman with information
required to conduct a process, foreign perhaps to his habitual
labour, but which it is necessary to practice at the time.
Impact to the scientific amateur a knowledge of many processes
in the arts, trades, and manufactures, which will, it is hoped,
render his pursuits the more instructive and remunerating.
The novice would do well to
remember that it is the individual skill of workman in
performing many apparently simple operations which render those
operations successful, and that this skill is only obtained from
long practice or natural ability.
A pre-eminently superior
manipulator resembles a poet in that he is 'born, not made;'
when therefore a receipt is tried for the first time and is not
thoroughly successful, the experimentalist should consider how
far his own inexperience has contributed to the failure ere he
condemns the receipt.
As far as possible
subjects at all allied in character, either in constitution
or mode of working, have been grouped together; and in
general, the main subject is indicated by a heading in bold
clarendon type, branch-subjects by small capitals, and
details by italics.
however, of obtaining certain information just when it was
wanted, has prevented the adoption of anything like an
alphabetical or other concatenated arrangement of the
It is believed that
no inconvenience will arise from this cause, as the index is
Care has been exercised
in cases where the practical operation connected with a receipt
has been apart from the writer's experience, to have it verified
by authority and the aim throughout has been to render 'Workshop
Receipts' a reliable handbook for all interested in