Repointing is a neglected craft.These days much good masonry, especially brickwork, is spoilt by inferior pointing. The skills are still available but they must be demanded and paid for.
This paper focuses on brickwork. In the author’s experience, stonemasons are more likely to have the necessary skills and sensitivity to do a satisfactory job of repointing than bricklayers. Furthermore, mortar constitutes up to 25% of the surface of a traditionally bonded brick wall, so the pointing will greatly influence its colour and texture. The same principles, however, apply to all masonry walls.