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The term “masonry” refers to construction with
stone. Masonry may be used to describe an entire building or a carved
stone feature such as a headstone or bench. Someone who practices the
art of masonry is called a stonemason or mason.
referring to a building, masonry describes the stonework which is
incorporated into the building. Many old buildings were built
exclusively from stone, since it was a readily available construction
material. Although stones can simply be piled on one another and
anchored, most masonry is decorated with carvings to make it
attractive as well as functional.
Masonry incorporates several aspects of
engineering and physics, as stones must be carefully assembled to make
a safe and solid building or structure. Many ancient stone buildings
demonstrate incredible feats of architectural engineering, with
vaulted arches and beautifully decorated doorways, alcoves, and
niches. Since stone is so heavy, correct position and design is
critical, as imbalance can cause a whole structure to fail.
Carving in stone is very
challenging because stone is such a hard and brittle material. Masons
must cautiously inspect each piece of stone that they work with, to
ensure that it is suitable for their needs. The next time you walk
past a building with stone carving, take a close look and imagine
using a hammer and chisel to carefully create the carving from stone.
Masons typically train through
apprenticeship with trained professional masons. The art is best
learned through practice, with mentors showing apprentices how to use
basic tools of the trade and how to evaluate rock for usefulness. It
is common for masons in training to experience immense frustration, as
their errors may represent major setbacks in a project or a piece of
art. However, those who persist are rewarded for their labors with
abundant jobs and very grateful customers.
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