Hawk (plasterer's tool)

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A plasterer covering a wall, using a hawk (in his left hand) and finishing trowel (in his right hand)

A hawk or hod is a tool used to temporarily hold a viscous material so that the user can apply that material to a surface using a different tool. It consists of a board about 25 cm (9 inches) square with a perpendicular handle fixed centrally on the reverse. The user holds the hawk horizontally with his or her non-dominant hand and applies the material on the hawk with a tool held in the other hand.

Hawks are most often used by plasterers along with a finishing trowel to apply a smooth finish of plaster to a wall. Brick pointers use a hawk to hold mortar while they work. Hawks are also used to hold joint compound for skim coating.

A plasterer's hawk

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