Following my recent blog on uber-cool Victorian-styled Steampunk Computers, my head has been buzzing with ideas regarding creating similar contraptions of my own. But where do you go to learn about working with (and etching) sheet metal like brass?
Well, I contacted "Hieronymus Isambard 'Jake' von Slatt" – proprietor of the Steampunk Workshop. Jake (I call him that, because that's his name) was kind enough to offer the following advice:
For books you should look to Lindsay's Technical Books at http://lindsaybks.com. Lindsay reprints out of print and public domain technical manuals from the 19th and 20th centuries and it is a wealth of lost metal working technique.
Your best option is to first request a catalog as the website reveals only a tiny fraction of what's available.
Of course, I immediately bounced over to the Lindsay website – which bills itself as: Exceptional technical books for experimenters, inventors, tinkerers,
mad scientists, and "Thomas-Edison-types." – Wow! This is an absolute treasure trove! I immediately ordered their free catalog, and now I sit anxiously watching the post box waiting for this little scamp to appear. More as it happens ... watch this space!
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