Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Many American buildings constructed during the 19th and 20th Centuries were made of brick. The mortar holding the brick together has a shorter lifespan than the brick itself and has to be repaired several times during the life of the building. In the case of esthetically beautiful edifices tuckpointing artisans are called upon to maintain the original magnificence of the structure. An experienced brick mason in this field is well versed in the composition of both the mortar and brick. He knows the strengths of each type and how to select the proper mortar mixture for a particular type of brick so that it will prove to be durable as well as preserve the original view of the building.


Many older churches in America were constructed of brick and face the problem of decaying mortar. Casey Thebolt, a noted tuckpoint artisan in Oakland County Michigan was recently interviewed about the problem and he stated:

“Traditionally, the Church was the center of a community. It was the spiritual symbol of the area's residents, and inspired a community to a higher vision of life and its purpose. This sense was most manifest in its architecture and craftsmanship”.

He added: “CTV3 Enterprises carefully consults with, and evaluates the needs of, the parish or congregation, considering the unique architecture of the structure. We offer a full line of ecclesiastical services, including steeple rebuilds, tuck pointing, waterproofing, power-washing, and brick/stone replacement”.

1 comment:

  1. There is an old brick church around the corner from where I live. It is really is beautiful but the mortar between the bricks needs repairing. Like you said, mortar doesn't have as long a lifespan as the brick it holds together.

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