Monday, March 4, 2013

Lighten Up

St. Thomas, USVI bakery brickwork
Present-day masons are serious.  Sure, the wall must stand up to what it is built to hold but history tells a more practical, and even whimsical story.

French door filled in

In the past, wall building used materials at-hand.  Wall repair sought to fill gaps, fill window and door openings (which in some countries were taxed per opening!), or simply to create pattern.

Because much of craftsman masonry today is closer to artisan work than straight utility, we have the chance to make it look like we are fun people.

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