The teacher in Manual Training should consult with the teacher in design, and be careful that the models from which the pupils work are articles of real worth, beautiful in shape. Many practical persons who have artistic tastes rightly criticize the models which are used in many Manual Training Schools. Other persons, disregarding the necessary and fundamental exercises in making the objects, would simply teach ornamentation. This, however, is a wrong impression for pupils to form of what is most valuable in an object. Again there are those who go to the other extreme. Some would have no ornamentation at all, not even on useful parts, while others would over-ornament to the extent of sacrificing useful parts.
There is, however, a happy medium, which can be maintained by ornamenting useful parts, making them none the less useful but more beautiful.
Never make a model ugly in shape for the sake of teaching an exercise. It would be better to go on to the next model and in the meantime invent something useful and pretty to contain that exercise.
Finally, there should be a variety of shapes, and in the series there should be a number of models having such convex surfaces as are most graceful and cannot be made with instruments in a mechanical way but must be drawn and made free hand. This might be called modeling in wood. It tests and educates the eye and hand in a wonderful degree.