This section is from the book "Spons' Mechanics' Own Book: A Manual For Handicraftsmen And Amateurs", by Edward Spon. Also available from Amazon: Spons' Mechanics' Own Book.
The tools required by the bricklayer are not of a complicated nature, nor is it a matter of difficulty to become proficient in their use. They are illustrated below. Fig. 1302 is a masons' trowel; Fig. 1303, a pointers' cutting trowel : Figs. 1304, 1305, plasterers' trowels; Figs. 1306, 1307, plasterers' moulding tools; Figs. 1308,1309, forms of bricklayers' hammers. The level employed by bricklayers is composed of a plumb level (Fig. 251, p. 186), fastened at right angles to a straight-edge, with struts at the sides to preserve the relative positions.