Drywall 101

Hawk and trowel drywall texture

The terms hawk and trowel refer to two tools used in plaster stucco and cement finishing applications. The hawk refers to a 16" by 16" flat table like plate with a handle underneath protruding perpendicular to the hawk surface. The material is placed on the hawk in a small mound. The trowel is a flat rectangle metal trowel with a handle extending parallel to the angle of the trowel. Material is moved from the hawk to the wall with a quick motion scraping the material onto the trowel and subsequently to the wall.

In reference to drywall finishing, the hawk and trowel are rarely used in taping and finishing drywall. Most tapers use pans and knives. However drywall texture is applied with a hawk and trowel creating a unique style of texture that is determinied by the tradesman's experience and technique.

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Hawk and trowel texture can be described as layers of drywall mud flowing over other layers of drywall mud. It can resemble waves in water or more random circles of mud. The variation of texture style is controled much by the thickness of the material used. When hiring a tradesman to do a hawk and trowel texture for you it would be wise to first see samples of their work since hawk and texture styles can vary greatly among tradesmen.

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