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Rafters are a sloped set of parallel beams that form the frame of a roof. They can be made of wood, reinforced concrete or steel.
The rivet is a metal fastener used to attach a material such as wood, sheet metal, leather or plastic to another material. It has an industrial look and the ability to connect materials needing a shear-force strength. Other metal fasteners include screws,...
Rotundas are round rooms or buildings, sometimes with a domed roof. The word "rotunda" has its roots in the Latin word "rotonda," meaning "round"; these structures became popular in medieval Central Europe. Curves in architecture always require...
A ruche is a pleat of fabric much like a fold that has been sewn into place. Ruching is the result of many evenly spaced pleats across an expanse of fabric, creating loose gathers. Ruches are similar to pleats, plaits and pintucks, which began at the...
The term "rough hewn" describes wood or a beam that has been shaped roughly and hasn't been sanded or finished. The surface is not smooth and the grain is very apparent and coarse.