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Vocabulary

COURSE - a row of bricks.

HEADER - short side of the brick faces out.

STRETCHER - long side of the brick faces out.



Flemish Bond

This pattern is made from alternating headers and stretchers on each course.



English Bond

This pattern is made from alternating courses of headers with courses of stretchers.



Common Bond

A header is a brick laid such that the small end only appears on the face of the wall. A stretcher is a brick laid such that the long, narrow side only appears on the face of the wall. Brick laid in "common bond with sixth course headers" would have five rows of stretchers, one row of headers, five rows of stretchers, one row of headers, etc.



Herringbone

Each course is made of bricks laid at an angle. The angle alternates direction with each course.



Running Bond

This is a pattern with each course made entirely of stretchers. Unlike the stack bond, the running bond courses alternate instead of being right on top of each other.



Stack Bond

As the name says, the stack bond has each course, made of stretchers, stacked right on top of the one below it.


Brick Paving Patterns

These patterns are found on sidewalks and other paved surfaces.


Basket On Edge

Basket Weave

Half Basket

Herringbone