Masonry Tip: Chimneys

So many great homes feature chimneys. Winter is coming both fall and winter tend to bring wind, rain, snow, and more across the country. Houses with chimneys will soon be using the beautiful and functional fireplaces to keep homes warm and maybe even roast some marshmallows over the flames during a storm. No matter how…

Brick by Brick! How Bricks Are Making the World Better

Recently, students and geeks alike are teaming up to sell bricks for great causes! For what seems like insane amounts of money for bricks, the donations per brick are helping to create wonderful things. Thanks to Matthew Inman (from The Oatmeal), people can donate $125 to get a few lines of text (name, message, anything)…

Tulsa Tech Masonry Course Builds 9/11 Tribute

Tulsa Tech (Oklahoma) offers a course in masonry as an entry level course, often taken by new college students. Every year a few weeks before the anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 the students build a small memorial. This year the students built an 8 ft by 10 ft wall featuring the numbers 9 and…

Australians Don’t Want to Lay Brick?

                An article posted August 28, 2014 states that Australians aren’t interested in bricklaying and masonry even though the salaries can be as high as $100,000. Unemployment in Australia is at 14%, the highest it’s been in 13 years and the number of apprentices in the field is lower than the past 10 years. Not…

Downsides of Being a Bricklayer

Bricklaying and masonry is a fantastic career choice. The pay is good, the work can be very steady, and it’s a trade you can take with you and encourage your friends, loved ones, and children to partake in to keep this art, trade, and skill alive. That is not to say that it won’t take…

How To Prevent Disasters in Masonry

Despite how resilient and sturdy stone and brick can be it still needs to be properly maintained. Unlike wood which can rot easily, stone resists many common damaging effects caused by weather and time. However, if masonry and brick were truly indestructible the Coliseum would be in perfect condition and brick houses would never deteriorate…

BIG NEWS! New Video Available and Financing Available!

                Our newest and probably most impressive video to date is our video entitled “Learn to Lay Brick in 1 Day” for the low price of $99. This is perfect for those wanting to go for a test drive before buying the full Apprentice Mason Course or the Master Mason Course. If you want to…

Some Basic Tools for Masonry

Mortar pans and mortar boards: These allow masons to move, carry, and access mortar with ease. Some of these are a board style, while others resemble more like a bucket. Regardless of the exact make or model, this item is ideal to keep mortar in one place without it getting on other work. Cleanup becomes…

Why Modern Buildings Benefit From Masonry

Since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans man has been using the masonry technique to create beautiful buildings which stand the tests of time. Masonry offers many of the same benefits today as it did throughout history. Fire resistance: Bricks are usually made of non-combustible materials, decreasing the chances and damage of…

Three of the Most Famous Masonry Buildings in History

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy. The Colosseum shows how durable masonry is even when left unattended for centuries. Completed over 2,000 years ago in AD 80 it contained 80 arched entrances which allowed 55,000 spectators into the amphitheater. Natural erosion has taken its toll, but the structure is still sound and recognizable, seeing millions of…