Hand Craft, A Text Book, Embodying A System of Pure Mechanical Art, Without The Aid Of Machinery. Being An English Exposition Of Slojd; As Cultivated In Sweden And By The Scandinavian Peoples. By John D. Sutcliffe. Pub: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh; Newbery House, Charing Cross Road, London. 1890
What can I say? The British were not content with the Swedish Slojd and how to create their own version. Truth be told, there is little difference in most Slojd books, with the exception of Barter, who really had to learn to relax a bit.
Sutcliffe took the workbook of Slojd, translated and adapted it to the British educational system. Luckily for us, Columbia University kept copy on their shelves for a great many years before deaccessioning it, after which the book found it's way to my hands.
Mr. Sutcliffe had strong opinions on the state of the British eductional system at the time he wrote this book. "It is surprising that so few efforts have hitherto been made in this country to introduce manual training into Elementary Schools."
I can only applaud any author who is capable of working "hitherto" into the first sentence of his introduction.
Currently the book is in imaging, to be followed by all those post-imaging legerdermain hand motions that will, in the end, result in a press ready book.
We should consider ourselves fortunate, indeed, that the crafts and trades authors of the 19th century saw fit to pontificate and to elaborate upon their opinions of the conditions of the educational system as they knew it to be.
Till next, Gary