pinning

Monument Setting

Modern granite monuments are usually constructed from two pieces of granite. The upper headstone section, or die, sits on top of a base stone. The die and base are joined together with monument setting compound, (suppliers list). This compound is similar in texture to window glazing putty, or a very thick dough. Unfortunately it does not provide for structural support, but is designed to fill a void and prevent moisture entry.

Ferrous Metal Pinning

Many monuments constructed historically included metal pining to fasten together their sections. The Romans, sometimes, tied together masonry with bronze clamps to strengthen the joints, and prevent a structural failure. So when multiple piece monuments, became more popular then the typical colonial gravestone during the middle of the 1800, metal was again employed.