|Disston Standard (bottom), unmarked Philadelphia pattern, Marshalltown London pattern|
Because of the lack of published trowel and masonry tool histories, the information here is based on other sources that may be less reliable and certainly are incomplete. These include eBay and tools that I purchase myself that are the starting points for my research. I will write what I know as I learn it. If what you read here interests you, please check back often and look for revisions and corrections. Scanned catalogs are either mine or by Rose Antique Tools and used with permission, and are on Google Docs as pdf files. A few are links to other websites. Your photos and information are welcome. Please click on any picture to enlarge it. Comments are welcome, but any with links will be deleted as possible spam.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Pointing or tuck pointing is repairing joints in brick and stone. A pointing trowel is a smaller Philadelphia pattern brick trowel, or less commonly, a London or other pattern. Traditional lengths range from 3 to 7 inches in 1/2 inch increments, and 5, 5-1/2, and 6 inches are the most common. A pointing trowel is essential for any mason's tool kit, homeowners buy them for small repairs, and archaeologists use them. Because many see little use, secondhand pointing trowels are the easiest trowels to find and their condition tends to be better.