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I am sending links to text and videos relating to cylinder glass.

1) This resource copies drawings from Ken Wilson's book describing how to make cylinder glass:

This article by Ken Wilson is useful:

Wilson, Kenneth M. “Window Glass in America.” In: Peterson, Charles E. Building Early America: Contributions toward the History of a Great Industry. Proceedings of a symposium held on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, Mar. 27-29, 1974, in Philadelphia. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Company, pp. 150-164.

2) St Gobain: Promotional video from Saint-Just Glass, a division of Saint Gobain. Saint Just makes wonderful hand blown cylinder flashed glass for stained glass.

3) The Corning Museum of Glass. Cyllinder glass. One traditional way of making flat window glass was to start with a large cylinder like this one, cut off the ends, cut it lengthwise, and heat it in a kiln until it flattened.
Museum version – crown glass (first) and cylinder glass:

Family version:

4) This YouTube video shows a modern version of making cylinder glass:

5) “Muff” method of making glass sheets for stained glass:

I am attaching our general bibliography about window glass history. Some of the materials listed will discuss early window history, including cylinder glass.

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I added a list of videos. Our library cannot loan our videos - they must be watched here. However, your local librarian may help you find copies in other libraries.

Please let me know if you would like additional information. We may be able to supply a few images as well.

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