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Wood-Working Tools - How To Use Them by Industrial School Associations, 1881

   

Introduction

This book aims to give, in fourteen chapters, directions and exercises for the use of the Wood-working Tools.

Like other text-books of its kind, it will best accomplish its purpose in the hands of an intelligent and practical teacher, who may use it for his own guidance in conducting a class. At the same time, it is so simply written and so amply illustrated, that any bright boy will find the book alone a great help in his endeavors to learn the right way of using common tools.

The book has been prepared for the Industrial School Association of Boston. That Society, having conducted successful industrial schools during the winters of 1876-7 and 1877-8, at 23 Church Street, concluded to offer its apparatus and the results of its experiments to the city, in the hope that such schools would be maintained at the public expense. Meantime, the Society appointed a committee to embody the valuable experience gained in its schools, in a Manual of Instruction.

This Manual, with the accompanying account of its preparation, is their report. The Society hopes that the public will share its satisfaction in the work of its committee. The lessons are few in number, and simple in character. They aim only to give an elementary training in the manipulations common to all wood-working trades. But it is not chiefly in the interest of these or of any other trades that this course is offered to the public.

 

Lessons like these, given at the same time with the studies now pursued in our grammar schools, would relieve the weariness of purely mental exercises, and give a new zest to their pursuit. A single wardroom, like the one used by the school in Church Street, in any city, for the six months from December to May, during which time it usually lies idle, with very little expense beyond the original plant and a moderate salary to the teacher, would meet all the needs of three or four of the largest grammar schools for boys.

Three such supplementary schools, if used in turn, would amply satisfy all the rightful claims of industrial education of this kind upon the school system of such a city as Boston. At so small an outlay of attention and money might the native aptitude of American youth for manual skill be turned into useful channels.

In so simple a way might the needed check be given to that exclusive tendency towards clerical rather than industrial pursuits which the present school course undoubtedly promotes.

GEORGE LEONARD CHANEY,
President of the Industrial School Association
1881


 
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