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The Forging Shop. — This shop is fitted with eight forges. The Sturtevant pressure blower, which furnishes the blast for the forges, is placed in the engine-room. The hoods over the forges are connected with a sixteen-inch pipe, which runs longitudinally near the ceiling of the shop, and enters a No. 4 Sturtevant exhaust blower in the foundery. This exhaust blower removes all smoke and dust, and much of the heat. This shop was planned and fitted by Mr. B. F. Sturtevant of Boston at his own expense. The school is also indebted to him for other valuable assistance.
The Machine-Tool Shop. — This shop contains sixteen engine lathes of 41' bed, four speed lathes, and a Brainard milling machine. The engine lathes were made for the school by the Putnam Machine Company of Fitchburg, Mass., from new designs, and furnished at a greatly reduced cost, and have proved in all respects first-class tools. Under each lathe is a chest of drawers to hold the tools belonging to the students using it. A bench under the window holds the requisite number of vises. The shop needs a variety of additional tools, which are not furnished for want of room.
The Chipping, Filing, and Fitting Shop. — This shop contains benches with sixteen vises and other needful appliances, with a planer, grindstone, etc., for which there is no room in the machine-tool shop.
The instruction in forging, vise-work, and machine-tool work is in charge of Mr. Thomas Foley, a thorough and skilful mechanic, who has served his seven years' apprenticeship, and has had, besides, a long and varied experience in his profession. He has a clear comprehension of the problem of mechanic art education ; and has, during the past five years, shown equal capacity as a teacher. He recognizes that the student should acquire something besides simple manual training in this department of education. A want of method, a want of appreciation of the ends to be gained on the part of the teacher, are both fatal to the best results. Mr. A. W. Sanborn, a graduate of the school, is Mr. Foley's assistant.
It gives me great pleasure to submit Mr. Foley's report, as follows:Professor J. D. RUNKLE.
Dear Sir, — The system of apprenticeship of the present day, as a general rule, amounts to very little for the apprentice, considering the length of