Monday, October 21, 2013

A Short History Of Tuckpointing

There is a divergence of opinion among historians as to when the practice of tuckpointing began. Most experts believe its origination began concomitant with the abandonment of mercantilism in England in the eighteenth century. As the nation adopted free trade practices, the standard of living grew exponentially, and the construction industry boomed. Other historians believe the art was already extant in northern mainland Europe in such countries as France and the Netherlands, and the British adopted its usage during the influx of immigrant brick workers beginning in the mid to late 1700’s. To compare and contrast two interesting, but slightly diverse views, visit:  and 

The term tuckpointing originally meant something completely different than the way it is used in 21st century United States, although its original meaning is still used in Great Britain. Initially tuckpointing was meant to correct both deteriorating brick and mortar and create sharp lines with varying dyes in order to make the repaired surfaces look like new brickwork. Brick repair artisans in the United States eventually began using the term to describe the removal and replacement of deteriorating mortar between bricks with mortar of the same chemical composition, color, texture, plasticity and compressive strength. For a contemporary view by a tuckpointing specialist, see:



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