Lawrence Boone was taught blacksmithing by his father. He also worked with Anthony Lord, an Arts & Crafts metalworker. Boone had a shop in Biltmore, N.C. but had to close during World War II, probably because of the scarcity of metal. Questionnaires like this one were the raw data for the exploratory study of the Craft Education Project, a joint undertaking by the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild and the Southern Highlanders. Marian Heard was hired to oversee the planning phase that involved visiting artists and determining the needs of the craftworkers. Her results, often referred to as "The Heard Report," were published as the "Report of an exploratory study looking toward a craft education project ... ." The preliminary project led to an educational program funded by the General Education Board.