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A Stonemason's Dictionary
These dictionary pages are dedicated to the memory of Henry Awford, a great stonemason of the old school, a fine tutor and a legend among those who worked with him.
Welcome to our toolbox dictionary of stonemasonry terms and related words - hope you find it interesting.
Click on the letters below to visit the appropriate pages.
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I am, of course, making a rather sweeping and flippant generalisation
here, stonemasonry as practised today isnt to be readily compared
to the piling up of a few dozen boulders. But some aspects have changed
remarkably little, for example tools found in Egypt dating back to the
time of the great pyramids would easily go unnoticed in a modern stonemasons
toolbox; the materials might be different (bronze chisels) but their
basic design bears a striking similarity to the tools in use today.
Also, let's not forget that stone itself one of the oldest materials
on earth is exactly the same as it was then. So it is, I suppose, inevitable
that stonemasonry has quite an extensive lexicon of words and terms
- Ive included a good few here for you to browse (some of them
I am sure are probably regional). This isnt a comprehensive list
of all building related terms, that would be a truly enormous undertaking
for which I am not qualified, but a pocket guide to the stonemasons