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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Carpentry
 
  Are the tools without, which the carpenter puts forth his hands to, or are they and all the carpentry within himself; and would he not smile at the notion that chest or house is more than he?
        Cyrus A. Bartol—The Rising Faith. Personality.
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Sure if they cannot cut, it may be said
His saws are toothless, and his hatchets lead.
        Pope—Epilogue to Satires. Dialogue II. L. 151.
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He talks of wood: it is some carpenter.
        Henry VI. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 90.
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Speak, what trade art thou?
Why, sir, a carpenter.
  Where is thy leather apron and thy rule?
  What dost thou with thy best apparel on?
        Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 5.
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A carpenter’s known by his chips.
        Swift—Polite Conversation. Dialogue II.
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  The carpenter dresses his plank—the tongue of his fore-plane whistles its wild ascending lisp.
        Walt Whitman—Leaves of Grass. Pt. XV. St. 77.
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The house-builder at work in cities or anywhere,
The preparatory jointing, squaring, sawing, mortising,
The hoist-up of beams, the push of them in their places, laying them regular,
Setting the studs by their tenons in the mortises, according as they were prepared,
The blows of the mallets and hammers.
        Walt Whitman—Song of the Broad-Axe. Pt. III. St. 4.
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