Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
Saw tooth / Sawtooth
Sawtooth: Having a jagged or zigzag pattern, outline, or course.
Sawtooth roof: A
roof system having a number of parallel roof surfaces of triangular
section with a profile similar to the teeth in a saw; usually the
steeper side is glazed
[glass] and often faces north.
|A Dogtooth course
is usually made up of three actual courses of bricks with the first and
third course being set out slightly from the flat wall.
The middle course is made up of a series of headers set at 90 degrees to each other and 45 degrees to the flat wall, so that they protrude from the wall in an alternating fashion. Think of it like the teeth on a saw blade.
These three courses can be placed at halfway up a plain flat wall or perhaps at the top as a finishing feature. You can, of course also use them on chimneys, etc., to give added detail to an otherwise mundane piece of brickwork.
- Builders Manfield (Online Dec, 2012)
- First illustration above: Sawtooth pattern - Health Sciences Charter School/ St. Vincent's Orphanage
- Second illustration above: Sawtooth course - 1 North Pearl Street
- Sawtooth course - 1719 Main Street
- Sawtooth course - Frank Hamlin House
- Sawtooth course - Dietel Gym, Health Sciences Charter School
- Sawtooth course - San Francisco "painted lady"