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 +====== Shooting Stick ======
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 +<WRAP right centeralign>​{{:​s:​shooting-stick.png?​direct|A Shooting Stick}}\\
 +A Shooting Stick <wrap magnify>​[[http://​www.oldbookillustrations.com/​img/​shooting-stick-large.png|{{:​wiki:​magnify.png|Enlarge}}]]</​wrap>​
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 +Is a perfect wedge about six inches long, and its thicker end two inches broad, and an inch and an half thick; and its thin end about an inch and an half broad, and half an inch thick; made of [[b:​boxwood|box wood]]. — //M//. They are not now made so thick. The use of a shooting stick is to drive the[[q:​quoins| quoins]] with a [[m:​mallet|mallet]],​ both in locking-up and unlocking a [[f:​form|form]];​ they are 8½ inches long. 
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 +As the thin end of a wooden shooting stick always wears down rapidly, or splits, some houses have adopted metal ones, made of brass, well secured in a strong wooden handle, with a square piece cut out of the end, leaving one side a little longer than the other, with a more acute angle; these are very useful where the quoining room is small, and the quoins are of course thin. 
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