stereotomy


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stereotomy

The art of cutting solids, e.g. stone, into certain figures or shapes.
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At its most basic, the thesis was an objection to the status quo: most discussion, architectural and otherwise, concerning Oceanic buildings had put the primary focus on tectonics (which is to say, timber construction) typified by the fale, rather than masonry tombs, platforms or altars (which Semper terms "stereotomy").
Sanchez-Beitia, S., Analysis of the collapse mechanisms in uncracked arches: the role of friction forces and stereotomy in masonry, doi: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2013.02.021, Engineering Failure Analysis (por suscripcion), 35(Part 1), 326-333 (2013)
These scorings are the irregular imprints of drills and cutting tools, acquired during the stereotomy process, by which stone is cut and shaped.