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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ganoksin Project Digitizes 40 + Historic Metalsmithing Books

The Jeweler's History Project
Ganoksin to digitize more than 40 rare historical metalsmithing
books to be available for download from it's website for $1.35 per book!

"Jewelry History Brought Alive"
Ganoksin proudly announces a project to digitize more than 40 complete rare antique metalsmithing books. They will be available as searchable eBook pdfs for a minimal fee which will go to support the Ganoksin Project.
This project is about revealing their ancient wisdom to the modern metalsmithing community. This is a partnership project between The Ganoksin Project and Charles Lewton-Brain.
Over the last three decades we have acquired over 40 rare historical Metalsmithing books that we will make available to jewelers, goldsmiths and the metalsmithing community.
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.
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.
We invite you to own the entire collection of manuscripts, and benefit from the ancient wisdom that we are presenting!
Each pdf is a full digital book of searchable text and images, with an easy access through an interactive table of contents. The cost will be $1.35 per book for a single user license which allows you to install, read and print the material on a single computer.
Dr. E. Aspler, the founder of the Ganoksin project said " I am thrilled to have Ganoksin act as a virtual custodian for this important part of metalsmithing history. I am very excited that such an important mass of information endures and that it will be easily accessible through the Ganoksin Archive. It was inspirational of Charles Lewton-Brian not to let these important, relevant texts lie fallow!"
Charles Lewton-Brain commented "This project opens an entire world for the modern maker, is a window on how goldsmiths and makers thought over a hundred years ago."
The first titles which are available for immediate download are

Educational Metalcraft
by P. Wylie Davidson, 1913

3. Decoration of Metals - Chasing, Repousse and Saw Piercing
by John Harrison, 1894
Titles to be made available for download during May 2011
1. The Private Book of Useful Alloys & Memoranda by James E. Collins
2. Watchmakers' and Jewelers' Practical Receipt Book - a Workshop

Please visit Digital Antiques Books - The Jeweler's History Projectpages at

For more information about the "The Jeweler's History Project"
please contact: Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman)
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