bricklaying (buttering up the perp)

 using the tip of the trowel squeeze the mortar in the centre of the end of the brickbelow are some images to give you an idea as to butter up the ends of the bricks.

   taking a small amount of mortar on your trowel
scoop it up and then flick down quickly to the board
  it should stick enough that you could turn the trowel upside
down and the mortar will have stuck
  with the brick in one hand and frog facing up slice the mortar onto the end of the brick
  using a downward movement as in the picture
   turn the brick so the face side(s) of the brick are facing into and away from you
   thats it, 1 , 2 , 3
   using the tip of the trowel squeeze the mortar in the centre of the end of the brick

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