Traditional English Tuckpointing Revived and Restored

In the late 1800’s Toronto it was common to colour wash and tuckpoint homes and buildings as a cosmetic solution to imitate gauged brickwork found in England. During this time it was fashionable to “paint” on a red (permeable} colour wash to cover the orange brick made in Toronto. After the wall was red, the masons then applied a red stopping mortar to create an illusion of a solid red wall. While the mortar was curing, the mason then “tucked” a white or black lime putty ribbon ranging from 4-6mm onto a line that was scribed into the mortar. This white line, called a tuck, was very measured and accurate giving the impression that the building was built with very tight joints. Tuckpointing allowed the masons to build with speed and with tuckpointing they would trick the eye into thinking the work was built with precision. You can find remnants of this style in older neighbouhoods like Rosedale, Cabbagetown, Parkdale and the Annex.
Below are photos of our work on 2 Large tuck pointing projects.
  •  Completed Section

    Completed Section

  •  Joints Removed and Colour-Washed

    Joints Removed and Colour-Washed

  •  Detail

    Detail

  •  Colour-Wash, red lime mortar with 4mm lime putty ribbon.

    Colour-Wash, red lime mortar with 4mm lime putty ribbon.

  •  slow and tedius with excellent results

    slow and tedius with excellent results

  •  Not learned over night

    Not learned over night

  •  tuck irons

    tuck irons

  •  scribing the groove for the ribbon

    scribing the groove for the ribbon

  •  Black Ribbons

    Black Ribbons

  •  Cream 4mm ribbons

    Cream 4mm ribbons

  •  Handsome Dormer Arch

    Handsome Dormer Arch