Last week's post was about Quoins-- how many of you were able to identify the quoins in the montage? If you couldn't, that's okay. This week, I've included the answers!
Quoins. Large squared off stones used to build up the corners of a masonry wall. Quoin and coin both come from a word meaning "wedge"-- because coins and quoins were tooled with special wedges. When building a rubble wall, it's especially important to use large, strong quoins on the corners, alternating the long "legs". This helps to tie the two walls together, and by alternating the legs, you prevent having long, continuous joint lines that can result in splitting and separating of the walls.
Okay, that's my assignment for this week, Mrs Matlock! Sorry for the "Re-tread", but I've been working on an extra credit assignment. Here's a preview:
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