|The Smith's Forge, Diderot|
|Tools of the Smith, Diderot|
|The Boxmaker, Diderot|
While Diderot's folios would have probably been far too expansive not to mention expensive to grace the library of a middling tradesman, they certainly contain information and methods that would have been handed down from Master to Apprentice in the 18th century. As for this "Jack of All Trades", I will consult it often as mechanick and craftsman.
"Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men."
 Vol. 5 (1755), p. 635, trans. Philip Stewart, Ann Arbor, Univ. of Michigan., 2002.
 The Plates of Diderot's Encyclopedie at Univ. of Michigan Collaborative Translation Project (CTP).
 The Articles of Diderot's Encyclopedie at Univ. of Michigan CTP.
 Diderot, the Mechanical Arts, and the Encyclopédie... by John R. Pannabecker.