The trowel trades are the family of crafts that have in common their most basic tool – the trowel. Examples of the work performed by masonry craftsmen are all around you in the tile, brick and concrete block used in homes, schools and hospitals. Add to these examples cement finishing, plastering, terrazzo, stone and marble work and you can begin to see the many jobs skilled trowel workers do.
Work in the trowel trades is a combination of physical and mental activity. You must first develop the skill to use the tools and place masonry materials efficiently, with high quality workmanship. Additionally, you must understand mathematics and its application to building materials and gain a thorough knowledge of construction blueprint reading. Begin to study these subjects while in school.