We hear and read a great deal nowadays about the correlation of design with handwork and manual training. We all know and admit that it is necessary and good, but how are we to do it and what materials shall we do it with? We know that in beginning woodwork it is all the student can do to master the tools and processes. Leather work is a subject that does not present enough technical difficulties. Pottery is very good, but how shall we do our firing and glazing unless we have an expensive kiln? And think of the discouragement to pupil and teacher when a prized piece is broken.
So we turn to the working of copper, silver, and brass, which correlates perfectly with design, line, and form, a subject almost inexhaustible in processes and technic; none of its processes is so difficult but that the painstaking student may master them. The element of interest also enters very largely into it by the making of articles for personal use and adornment, for the home, and for the school.