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A Stonemason's Dictionary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
| Hagioscope: Alternative
name for a Squint, through which the altar may be seen from an obscured
part of the church.
Hall: The main room in a medieval house.
Hammer Beam: Bracket forming part of the principal truss of an open timber framed roof.
Hand Hawk: A flat piece of board with a vertical handle attached to the centre of its underside. Used to hold mortar when pointing.
Hard Bar: A vein of quartz, or hard material, running through a stone, not popular with the stonemason who will inevitably discover that it coincides with a tricky part of the detail he is carving!
Haunch: Part of an arch between it's pillar and highest point
Hawks Beak: A type of moulding with a cross section like a hawks beak in profile, gothic.
Herringbone: A method of placing bricks or stone, each course set at 45 degrees to the vertical, alternate courses leaning left and right.
Hip: The external angle created by the intersection of two roofs.
Hollington: Staffordshire loose grained sandstone, red or whitish grey in colour.
Hood Moulding: The outermost part of an arch, projecting proud of the wall to throw rainwater clear of the building.
Hoppy: Small wooden platform for standing on when working on very large stones at the banker.
Hydrated Lime: Lime produced by adding just enough water to quick lime as to make it slake, but leave it crumbly in texture.
Hydraulic Lime: Lime which will set (through the absorption of carbon) without the addition of potsolamic material.