The compositors job was to set or compose or arrange type in order for printing. In his left hand he would hold the composing stick, which is a device which holds the collected type at the required width of the line. The right hand collects the type from the galley racks and places it in the composing stick. A good compositor would pick up between two and three thousand types an hour. To undertake this job took a great deal of skill and manual dexterity. The type must be placed in the composing stick in the right order and the correct way up to ensure an error free printing.