Practical Masonry provides a valuable instruction manual, documenting many of the technical and classic methods of stonemasonry.
This edition, the fifth, expanded version, was written by William R. Purchase in 1904 and continues to be seen as a cornerstone text in the world of masonry. It includes chapters on practical methods of masonry, a collection of chapters on the supplementary matter, and a glossary of terms.
Chapters in this volume include:
- Tools and Appliances
- Arches and Joints
- Masonry Details
- Cylindrical Vaulting
- Tracery Windows
- Gothic Mouldings
- Masonry Estimating and Quantity Surveying
- Building Stones
Although intended for the apprentice stonemason, Purchase’s classic training guide will appeal to those looking to broaden their masonry knowledge as well as experienced masons who are after information on the technical methods of this ancient craft.