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  Workshop Receipts by Ernest Spon, 1883    


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.

The difficulty, 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 subject matter.


It is believed that no inconvenience will arise from this cause, as the index is very comprehensive.

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 Technological pursuits.




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