rare historical metalsmithing books digitized

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The Ganoksin Project recently acquired over 40 rare historical metalsmithing books that will be made available to jewelers, goldsmiths and the metalsmithing community available as searchable eBook pdfs for a minimal fee which will go to support the Ganoksin Project. The manuscripts will be gradually published in a digital format over the coming months.

For the first time in history, these ancient metal tricks and recipes will be made available to the contemporary community of curious artists and metalsmiths. This information will allow the reader to apply the simple and ingenious procedures used by the jewelers of the past, long dead masters of the art of metalsmithing. Many of the tricks and recipes described will save the maker money, as older approaches can sometimes replace modern tools.

These books cover special techniques in-depth like chasing, repousse, engraving, niello making, Japanese chiseling, soldering, construction, patination and metal coloring, silversmithing and more. There are many recipes for alloys and metal surface treatments.

Each pdf is a full digital book of searchable text and images, with an easy access through an interactive table of contents. The cost is 1.35 US$ per eBook for a single user license which allows you to install, read and print the material on a single computer.

These antique books look beautiful; too bad the digital PDF won’t be the same as holding one of these rare old books in your hand, feeling the old discolored paper. However, they seem to be an interesting resources the Ganoksin Project is making available at low-cost. Here are a few examples of what is available:

Repousse Work for Amateurs by L. L. Haslope
Repousse Work for Amateurs by L. L. Haslope
Metal-Work, Chasing and Repousse for Home Art Workers by Frank G Jackson, 1903
Metal-Work, Chasing and Repousse for Home Art Workers by Frank G Jackson, 1903
Watchmakers' and Jewelers' Practical Receipt Book, 1892
Watchmakers' and Jewelers' Practical Receipt Book, 1892
The Private Book of Useful Alloys and Memoranda for Goldsmiths, Jewellers by James Collins, 1871
The Private Book of Useful Alloys and Memoranda for Goldsmiths, Jewellers by James Collins, 1871
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