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    Default What do you call these?

    Can anyone tell me the technical term for the decorative, exposed joists/rafters protruding out from underneath the soffits and eaves of old Arts & Crafts homes? (rafter tails?)

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    Default Re: What do you call these?

    there might be a technical name but i've always refered to them as "decorative rafter tails"

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    Default Re: What do you call these?

    If you can post a link to a picture, that would help. But if you're referring to the brackets you see on the gable end, I think they're called corbels.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: What do you call these?

    I tried to post pictures but since I am a new member, it won't let me.
    I know what corbels are and that is not what I am referring to. Thanks though

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    Default Re: What do you call these?

    In classical/ancient architecture, the decorated joist ends are called modillions. I don't know what the crafty types called theirs 100 years ago. my data extends back to 500 BC, but stops at 1900.
    Casey
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