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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-09 20:04
Subject: [photos] Trapezoidal bricks
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Tags:california, cool, photos
The other day, I saw this fireplace, and realized I was looking at trapezoidal bricks. I can't think that I've ever noticed trapezoidal bricks before. Bricks are, after all, noted for their consistency, their regularity, the rightness of their angles.

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Since I can't imagine anyone making such odd shaped brick forms as one offs, these must have been kit fireplaces sometime in the past. But what the heck do I know, I'm not an architectural historian? Or are these everywhere, and I've just been oblivious all these years?

ETA: I do know what a keystone is, and how an arch works. I just always thought of them as masonry, not brickwork. Or at least, not brickwork with trapezoidal bricks. Clearly a flaw in my education.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Lucy Kemnitzer
User: ritaxis
Date: 2009-09-10 04:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They are everywhere. You use a masonry blade on your saw. I am, at this moment, redoing my curved brick patio. I originally cut the wedge pieces for it from the bricks we salvaged from our crumbling chimney. I went through a lot of saws blades, though.

The blades are like wires encrusted with really hard grit. You can get them encrusted with diamond chips, if you want.

The shape of that fireplace opening is really quite common in brick buildings of a certain* era. That assemblage at the top is a keystone.

*certain= I don't know, some time in the nineteenth century, a lot of the old brick warehouses in San Francisco have arched windows.
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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-09-10 06:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is a post written by a man who has never lived any length of time in a city in the northeastern United States. I've grown up with bricks that look like that: in bridges, in doorways, and in fireplaces. Yeah, fairly common.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-10 11:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh. All good. I think the house is 80 years old or so.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-09-10 11:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For most of the past two decades I have lived in Pennsylvania, the keystone state. I'm just saying.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-10 12:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know what a keystone is, and how an arch works. I just always thought of them as masonry, not brickwork. Clearly a flaw in my education.
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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-09-10 12:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know you know that. After all, you're Jay Lake.

::running for cover::
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2009-09-10 13:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

LOL.

No he isn't. He's a simulacrum.

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