Shadrach Birdic "Birdie" Mace, sometimes known as Birdie Mace, learned chair making "from his father and his father before him." He is quoted at the end of the questionnaire, "Some peoples jist borned to do work by chair making." When asked about helpers coming back after the war, he said, "Counting on folkes under the colors before they git back like counting on a broken stick." The interviewer noted that Birdie was a "Good chair maker - much local color - fine philosophy of life in his own words." 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.