15 responses on “Drywall: Jon Eakes on using the Hawk and Trowel

  1. Mark Lewin

    My own experience with starting out leads me to recommend the hawk + knife
    combo for beginners. Just remember to stick the mud to the back of the
    knife rather than trying to “scoop” it off the hawk and it will be a lot
    easier and cleaner than a pan. The trowel does take less effort IME to get
    a smooth finish though, but it’s messy. BTW plaster (not drywall) pros
    manage to keep their mud off the floor with about 5 times as much on the
    hawk.

  2. san379

    IVE DONE IT FOR YEARS WHEN YOU WERE ON RENOVATION ZONE IN MONTREAL ..
    AWESOME SHOW.. LOVE YOUR ROOFING SHOW BACK THEN.. IM AN EXPERT NOW..
    THANKS JON

  3. Joe C.

    i think the secret is the water to mud ratio .think about it… not a
    balance lol if i mix mud with no water expect it to be thick … add water
    get my point … Tube and Flusher. Machine taping angles. C&C DRYWALL
    OTTAWA ON

  4. drla02

    Great job in figuring how its done! But, I would highly suggest that you
    view another drywall finisher named ” Laurier Desormeaux”. I have scoued
    the internet for videos on how to finish drywall and found him on youtube.
    Unlike everybody else who manually do it by hand, he is the absolute best
    at this trade and teaches you the correct ways of using a hawk & trowel. He
    also explains how to load the mud on the trowel the easiest way. Hats off
    to you as well for a great vid.

  5. ArchieWW

    Absolutely excellent – so clearly explained. Thank you very much for
    demonstrating this technique. Greetings from Scotland!

  6. drla02

    Mr. Eakes, great instruction vid. But if you really want to learn the
    technique for the hawk & trowel, you should check out Mr. Laurier
    Desormeaux’s vids. he too is an extremely great instructor and the absolute
    best I’ve ever seen doing drywall with the hawk & trowel. He is a master at
    this technique! He will also explain about mud-control and how to use the
    hawk & trowel properly. He is by far the best hand finisher I’ve ever seen!

  7. Monst Er

    Very good but you need to to understand how you hold the trowel, and your
    grip is completely wrong. The push and pull grip are essential for proper
    application and control how much mud you leave on the wall and how you
    feather edges. I should also add that no one who is not either entering
    this trade as a profession or has a serious interest to learn should even
    bother. Using a hawk and trowel properly require years of apprenticeship.

  8. insideoutgmltd

    Spot on Jon. I do it without thinking. When asked how I do it my reply is
    ….. I dont know I just do. Hahaha