Workshop Receipts was compiled to
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; and
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.