JB Mohler Masonry

In 1666 the great fire of London, England consumed 13,200 homes, transforming the city from one of wooden buildings to one of brick construction. The manufacture of brick attained a high degree of excellence and dominated the building field in this period of history. Nonetheless, the history of masonry certainly didn’t begin in 1666—skilled craftsmen have been creating architectural marvels out of stone, granite and other materials since ancient times.

While masonry has evolved over thousands of years, it is also a tradition encompassing great proficiency from the earliest days of its development. Among the ancient techniques developed throughout the world were folded stone corners, multi-facetted stones, vitrification, and metal block-ties. These ancient techniques show an impressive grasp of engineering which was probably carried over from earlier wood constructions. The ancient Egyptians cut their blocks in such a manner as to create an angle within the block (instead of allowing corners to be the result of two intersecting blocks). A fine example of these folded stone corners is the Valley-Temple in Giza. Archaeologists believe that this construction was intended to prevent earthquake damage.

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Posted Tuesday, July 9th, 2013