This can be easily accomplished by plugging the handle end of the ferule with a piece of soft wood or with clay.
No; it was the thought of the master, that dreadful man with the ferule and the birch sticks.
He waited an instant, in order to give due solemnity to the occasion, then down came the ferule on the desk with a grand crash.
The man with the umbrella drew with the ferule of it a line on the ground.
If he should curve his elbow in the least, it would get a rap from the master's ferule.
As she ran she caught her thick parasol by the ferule and swung it aloft.
But it was not as a knight of the ferule that you won this mark of distinction?
Two or three of you, I fear, are doomed to feel the master's ferule.
Really, Master Burr, you need a ferule, or birch to enforce your lectures on polite behavior!
He beat the rock at his feet with the ferule of his stick, and could not lift his head again.
"rod for punishing children," 1590s, earlier "giant fennel" (early 15c.), from Middle English ferula "fennel plant" (late 14c.), from Latin ferula "reed, whip, rod, ferule, staff; fennel plant or rod," probably related to festuca "stalk, straw, rod."
"metal cap on a rod," 1610s, ferule, earlier verrel (early 15c.), from Old French virelle, from Latin viriola "bracelet," diminutive of viriae "bracelets," from a Gaulish word (cf. Old Irish fiar "bent, crooked"); spelling influenced by Latin ferrum "iron."