About thirty years ago, on entering one of our principal
iron ship and engine building works, my chief suggested that
I keep a note-book or its equivalent.
This advice was at once accepted, with advantage to myself,
and I hope to others also.
The practice has been kept up
throughout a very busy life, passed in touch with important
industrial establishments in the United States,
Europe, and with engineers, machinists, and scientists whose
acquaintance (and in some instances friendship) I
acknowledge as a rare privilege.
During a large portion of this time I have contributed
editorially and over my own signature and various ''
pen-names " to the principal practical journals in English
and French, and more recently in German, on both sides of
the Atlantic. The favorable reception accorded my published
articles and books emboldens me to produce this volume.
over 500 separate items consist not only of my own and
others' widely-scattered items from technical journals,
notably Mechanics, Machinery, and the American Machinist, but of
material either gathered from visits to well-known shops, or
based on data contributed by leading machine-tool builders
To these latter I have given due credit not only
in appropriate places in the body of the book, but in a
special list on page 7; and hereby again extend my thanks.
The book was at first proposed under the name ''Machine-Shop
Chat ''; but the large proportion of ''kinks'' and
“wrinkles" therein illustrated or referred to warrants the
change to the present title.
As “shop kinks" and "wrinkles"
will always interest me, I hope that my readers will favor
me with short sketches and descriptions concerning their own
and others' practice, especially for unusual work and in