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Tools of the Trade: Inside the Mason’s Toolbox
©2008

The eye of an artist coupled with the mind of an engineer: that’s a mason. Over the course of this program, viewers will learn about commonly used masonry tools; the attributes of brick, block, tile, stone, cast concrete, and mortar mixes; fasteners, wall ties, and mortar joint reinforcements; estimating material amounts; and on-the-job safety. The building of a brick wall from footing to cap showcases a variety of tools in action, including the brick tongs, mortar hoe, chalk line, hawk, trowel, bricklayer’s rule, mason’s hammer, brickset, power saw, and jointer. Specialized tools for use with cast concrete, block, stone, and tile are also shown. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. Correlates to all National CTE Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act). A Shopware Production. (24 minutes)

Recommended for high school, vocational/technical school, and adult education.



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History, Art, and Science of Masonry
Some of the world's greatest architectural wonders were built by stonemasons, including the Great Wall of China, Rome's Colosseum, and the Great Pyramids. Today's masons must have the eyes of artists and sharp technical minds.