When my father died in 1990, I inherited a fair-sized collection of jewelry-making manuscripts. I've never had any inclination to pursue metalworking myself, so I lack the necessary technical skills to edit his writing in any significant way. It seemed a pity, however, for his writing to stay in boxes in my attic. To that end, I'm posting copies of his manuscripts here, in the hope that they may prove useful to someone. These PDF files are roughly organized in the categories my father had them in when I received them. Duplicates have mostly been eliminated and the best version of each section has been chosen. I can't vouch for the accuracy, completeness, or safety of anything presented in them. They are offered only as historical documents. If you use any technique described, the liability is wholly your own.
All images and text Copyright Dale Austin, 1962-2008