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Ganoksin to Digitize Rare Historical Metalsmithing Books!


Digital Antiques Books - Announcing 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

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 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 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 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

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

  1. Educational Metalcraft by P. Wylie Davidson, 1913

  2. Metal-Work, Chasing and Repousse for Home Art Workers by Frank G
    Jackson, 1903

  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 Project
pages at

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

Dr. E. Aspler (Hanuman)
Owner and founder

The Ganoksin Project
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Jewelry Manufacturing Methods and Techniques