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This video, with accompanying instructor’s guide, familiarizes students with tools used by masons.

Women tend to come to trades courses with less experience using tools informally and can therefore find tool identification difficult. This video will help your female (and male) students be more successful in your trades classes.
Tools of the Trade Video: Inside the Mason's Toolbox


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Item #: EDV103

Inside the Masons’s Toolbox Video:

The eye of an artist coupled with the mind of an engineer: that’s a mason.

Over the course of this 25-minute video, your female (and male) students will learn about commonly used masonry tools; the attributes of brick, block, tile, stone, cast concrete and mortar mixes; fasteners, wall ties and mortar joint reinforcements; estimating material amounts and on-the-job safety.

The building of a brick wall from footing to cap showcases a variety of tools in action, including the brick tongs, mortar hoe, chalk line, hawk, trowel, bricklayer’s rule, mason’s hammer, brickset, power saw and jointer. Specialized tools for use with cast concrete, block, stone and tile are also shown. The DVD concludes by highlighting resources that are available to those interested in becoming masons.

The DVD comes with a downloadable instructor’s guide featuring educational standards, vocabulary, discussion questions and project ideas for your students!

Topics Covered

  • History, Art and Science of Masonry
  • Masonry Safety and Protective Equipment
  • Masonry Materials
  • Masonry Materials: Mortar
  • Masonry Tools: Building a Brick Wall
  • Tools and Techniques for Concrete Block and Stone
  • Cast Concrete Construction
  • Masonry Tool Advice and Career Outlook

Instructor's Guide

The 19-page instructor’s guide helps you prepare your students before they view the video, assist them as they view it and present follow-up activities to reinforce the key learning objectives:

  • Identifying and understanding basic safety standards and site preparation.
  • Demonstrating proper use and maintenance of the basic brick/masonry tools, materials and equipment.
  • Identifying and understanding basic use of brick and masonry hand and power tools.

Recognizing and exploring career opportunities in the masonry industry.

Video Clip Note

While the narrator and demonstrators are mostly male, this DVD will help all of your students, female and male, develop the basic introductory skills they need to succeed.

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Tools of the Trade Video: Inside the Mason's Toolbox


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Item #: EDV103

Video Details:

Run time: 25 minutes total
Grade level: High School, Two-Year College
Format: DVD
Note: This DVD and Instructor’s Guide correlate to all National CTE Organizational Standards (including the provisions of the Perkins Act).

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