The fourth and last section starts with fig.27, an old man whose sad reflections have caused him to cease work.  He is resting on the hammer he has been using in ‘lotting’ the scissors (as yet there is no explanation been found as to what ‘lotting’ means but it will be added later).  Then we have fig.28, the scissor hardener, reaching for tongs and blowing the bellows with his other hand, while a little boy, fig.29, takes advantage of the opportunity to poke the fire.  Then we have fig.30 boring the scissors and tuning them at the leg frame or lathe. Fig.31 is glazing the scissors, shanks and bows on a wheel in the next process, followed by the scissor filer, fig.32, and finally the fitting of the scissors.  Finishing and trying the scissors completes the total of 33 figures.

There is also a mention of this prestigious commission in The Works (4): “The interest and vitality of this work are as remarkable as is the beauty of its grouping.   As Ruskin would have wished, it takes its motive not from past conventions, but from the actual life of the forge and the grindstone, as the artist knew it.  The frieze – which illustrates successively the process of smithing, grinding, finishing and fitting – is an attempt to show the interest and beauty which may surround the life and work of a skilled English mechanic.”

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Notes:

(4) The works vol. 30 introduction p. xivi and note 1