The Leland-Holtzapfel Manuals

It may be doubted whether any designs published in a popular manual of wood carving have, while keeping in view so clearly the practical -side of the subject, reached the high artistic level of those in the admirable treatise by the late Charles G. Leland, now reprinted by Whitaker & Co., as revised by Mr. John Holtzapfel. No less valuable are the practical manuals on "Leather Work" and "Elementary Metal Work," by the same well-known and much lamented author. The large circulations which all three of these useful volumes continue to enjoy, notwithstanding their price (5s.) - which is above that of several competitors - is in itself no slight testimonial in their favour. (Whitaker & Co , 2, White Hart Street, London.)

Cassell & Co.'s "Work" Handbooks is a series of manuals, edited by Paul N. Hasluck, the practical value of which has been so well tested by the experience of hundreds of thousands of workers that it seems superfluous to commend them. They cover, apparently, every conceivable subject relating to manual industry and applied art, ranging from tailoring to electric motors, house decoration to taxidermy, glass working to boot-making and mending. Among the volumes sent us by the publishers are "House Decoration,' "Wood Finishing," "Bookbinding," "Engraving Metals," "Bent Iron Work," "Bamboo Work," "Basket Work," and "Photography," each excellent in its way. Price is. net.

The Useful Arts and Handicraft Series, edited by H. Snowden Ward, originally appeared month by month, each part supplemented by " Editorial Notes," somewhat in the manner of a periodical. It has now settled down into a regular series of sixpenny handbooks, and a very excellent and well nigh exhaustive collection they make. The 50th of the series has been reached with " Modelling in Clay, Wax, etc," by the Rev. F. C. Lambert, M.A. Obviously we have not space even to give the titles of the other forty-nine; hut, selecting almost at random, we may name .is some of the subjects which strike us as especially well-handled: "Pyrograpghy and wood-Roasting,' by Thomas Bolas and Charles Godfrey Leland; "Stained amd Leaded Glass," by W. T. Whitehead; "Stencil Cutting and Stencilling." by "jack Plane"; "Gesso Work," by Matthew Webb; "Bent-iron or Strip-work," by Ceo. Day and Charles Godfrey Leland; "Marquetry," by Charles |. Lock. We shall return, later, to notice of some of the series, and in the meantime further information may be had by addressing the publishers, Dawbarn & Ward, Ltd., 6, Farringdon Street, London.

Woodwork Joints: How to Make Them and Where to use them, by "A Practical Joiner," is the first of "The Woodworker Series" published by percival Marshall &Co. Price 6d.

Educational Woodwork

A Text Book for the use of

Instructors and Students in Elementary and Secondary Schools. By A. C. Horlh. With nearly 200 illustrations. Percival Marshall & Co., Poppin's Court, E.C. Price 3s. 6d. net. This is a valuable aid to teachers of manual training, and a model of lucidity and conciseness, both as to text and diagrams. The scheme of object lessons with specimen blackboard illustrations is particularly well conceived. Dyes, Stains, Inks, Lacquers, Varnishes and Polishes.

How to Make and How to use Them. By Thomas Bolas, F.C.S., F.I.C., is No. 1 of "The Home Worker's Series" of the same publishers. Second edition. Price 6d. net. The section in regard to the dyeing of fabrics in application to tappa-printing is so suggestive as a new minor handicraft for amateurs that we shall, later, review the subject in detail.

Freehand Drawing of Ornament, by John Carroll, is a well-considered, beautifully illustrated, and carefully printed collection of designs for the use of teachers and beginners. As an instructor of wide experience, the author knows that the designs in such a manual would be of little value if they did not explain themselves. These are suitably graduated; and the directions as to the method of procedure, though terse, are lucid. (Price is. 6th., Burns &: Oates, Ltd., 28, Orchard Street, London.)