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I have attached a list of books and articles that discuss (and some illustrate) early lampworking techniques and equipment.

Lampworking – Historical Equipment
Lampworking pre 1900
Lampworking ca. 1900 and Earlier Texts

Also, take a look at the illustrations on the Rakow Library's website from Johann Kunckel (1637?–1703):

1) Johann Kunckels . . . vollstaumlndige Glassmacherkunst. . .
Germany, Nuremberg, C. Riegel, 1756
-- they show lampworkers and their bench:

2) Johann Kunckel (1637?–1703)
In Ars vitraria experimentalis: Oder vollkommene Glasmacher-Kunst . . .
Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1679.

Glass artist Carmen Lozar created an old-fashioned lampworking bench which she demonstrated at the 2006 Glass Art Society conference in St. Louis. She based her model on publications from our library. Her website is:

Last year our CMoG lampworkers demonstrated 19th century lampworking in the style of the Blaschkas. Our website provides information about "Mech tables" common at the time:

If you wish to obtain copies of any of the items in our list, please contact your local library. The Rakow Research Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC); your library can contact us through OCLC or they may mail an Interlibrary Loan form to us. You may request up to five items at a time. We send photocopies of articles and microfiche copies of our books (if they have been microfilmed) through Interlibrary Loan for four weeks use.

Please let me know if I can provide additional information.