I know that each trade has its own jargon and it can sometimes be confusing for the layman.

Not got a clue what I am talking about? It’s a plasterer’s thing so let me explain.

A hawk, also known as a hand board, is the flat looking tool that a plasterer uses in combination with a trowel to achieve a smooth finish of plaster on a wall. The hawk holds the plaster ready for use.

As it is Christmas, I thought I would lighten the mood a little this month and give you a selection of plasterer jokes. Apologies for their corniness!


Lime has been a vital ingredient in building throughout history. Here are some interesting facts I have discovered:

I have thought this for a while and now an official study has confirmed that fewer than half of the adult population are confident undertaking DIY projects in the home.

The study was carried out by Local Heroes, a home improvement and repair service backed by British Gas.

We’ve all seen them on the TV programmes about rogue traders and incompetent workmen. They are the cowboys that get us, professional and reliable tradesmen, a bad name.

Here are 5 typical mistakes to help you spot the John Wayne’s from top quality plasterers.

1. Cheap tools. It is simple; if you are using poor quality tools then you are not going to achieve a beautifully smooth finish. If you want to provide a first class piece of work, you need to use top quality tools. A trowel from the pound shop is not going to cut it.