Cutting and Rolling Mortar

The mortar is placed towards the back of the mortar board, with a clear space left at the front of the board for the process of ‘cutting and rolling’, which is the precursor to picking up a trowel full of mortar. The correct working position for picking up the mortar is side on to the mortar board with the ‘trowel hand’ over the board and the ‘laying hand’ over the wall being constructed. There is a very good reason for adopting this particular working position, which will become clear later.