I think versions of this yarn have been going around for some time. I know my dad had one. It's also sounds to me like a very Roy Underhill kind of story. Stop me if you've heard this one:
Get it? Awesome. My dad is an architect; so the version I heard from him went like this:
One day a client walks into the office. Passing the table of the first draughtsman, he pauses. The draughtsman is tapping away on a floor plan with his pencil, making a dark and regular stipple pattern. "What's that?" asks the client.
"That's poché" says the wry little draughtsman.
"I want some of that on my house!" bellows the exuberant client.
FYI: Poché refers to the the filled-in, or otherwise patterned areas of architectural drawings. A classic example would be the heavy blackened part of a floor plan indicating the thickness and composition of the masonry walls. There's a painfully convenient illustration in this week's issue of Work. For a better explanation of its practical use today, Plinth & Chintz have a helpful glossary entry.
In all fairness, I had to look up Beaumontage, as well as Hard Stopping. As it happens, Shellac Filler Sticks are considered hard stopping. That is to say they are made for color-matched filling and repairs in woodwork, but aren't so soft as one would consider putty. Contributor 'Lifeboat' gives a fairly solid set of instructions for their useful application, as well as a recipe to try when storebought beaumontage won't answer, or isn't handy.
At this point, a better blogger would attempt some kind of segue into the following material, but I'm not going to bother. The notorious contributor 'Opifex' has made a carpet page of the cover story, and gives a brief survey of his source material. I can say from some experience that interlacements and similar motifs borrowed from Hibernian ornament make for supremely fun carving. Just keep a careful eye on the incisions around the intersection points, or you'll need a heap of beaumontage to fix your mistakes. -T
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