Books and Magazine Reviews

When not in the workshop I like to read about model engineering and related subjects. Here are some of the books I’ve read over the last few years.

Better Know Your Hammer

Better Know Your Hammer

Better Know Your Hammer is a guide to metal working hammers based on the blog posts of Wendy Edsall-Kerwin. I purchased an EBook edition of Better Know Your Hammer a few weeks ago. Like Wendy, I also like hammers and

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Chasing and Repoussé

Chasing and Repoussé

Earlier in the year, I mentioned that I had a new book and was experimenting with a new technique called repoussé. This had allowed me to create a primitive medal for the PSTOIC annual get together. Since then I’ve read

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From prototype to product – A practical guide for electronic engineers

This book endeavours to teach you what they don’t teach on an electronics degree, the process of turning your prototype circuit into a product. It does so by selecting four key topics; design issues, design for manufacture, compliance and project

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Maker Pro

Maker Pro

Maker Pro is a series of interviews with a wide range of people, looking at how they make their living through making. The interviewees are from diverse backgrounds and countries, and some of the interviewers are quite interesting too. How

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How to design a light – Design Museum

How to Design a Light

How to design a light from the Design Museum This is an inspirational and conceptual book rather than a practical study guide. It’s hard to tell if the book is intended for the coffee table or …

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Breaking the mishap chain

Breaking the mishap chain

Human Factors Lessons Learned From Aerospace Accidents and Incidents in Research, Flight Test, and DevelopmentBy Peter W. Merlin, Gregg A. Bendrick, and Dwight A. Holland This book is a series of case studies looking at mishaps with aircraft and space

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Books for the Home Machinist

Model Engineers in the UK will all be familar with the workshop practice seriesof books, and authors such as Stan Bray, David Fenner and Harold Hall. Harold Hall kindly got in touch and pointed out these have been converted by

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James Watt’s biography by Andrew Carnegie

James Watt's biography by Andrew Carnegie

I received a Kindle for Christmas and one of the first things I did was to look for free books to read. I managed to find a few and the first was James Watt’s biography by Andrew Carnegie. James Watt’s

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