Schools of bricklaying.

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Susan Godsland

Schools of bricklaying.

Post by Susan Godsland »

Tom Burkard put this article on the RBG3 message board:

Schools of bricklaying

The Psycho-masonry school: Proprietors, K. Goodman & F. Smith

Students are taught that building houses is 'natural', and they are shown around lots of exciting houses, cathedrals, castles, etc. They are taught that the purpose of bricklaying is 'getting houses from masonry', but 'boring' trowel skills (and indeed all mention of bricks) are avoided, lest they put students off. Students whose parents are brickies generally learn to lay bricks after a fashion, but extremely high drop-out rate (50%+) has caused enrolment to fall considerably. UK branch all but defunct, but still going strong in US, NZ & Australia.

The Brick-awareness school: Proprietors, H.R. Lyon, L. Moats, &&&&&

Students play games with bricks to develop 'brick-awareness'. Until they are aware of what bricks are, quite clearly they cannot lay them. Developing brick-awareness can take a lot of time; learning brick-deletion and brick-substitution skills can be a bit tricky. Some students do not develop brick-awareness for a year or more. Only then are students given a little training in mixing mortar and trowel skills. Despite a drop-out rate of 25%+, franchises for starting brick-awareness schools are agressively marketed in all Anglophone countries, but beware: it takes years of professional training to become a brick-awareness teacher. Wonderful opportunities in the UK, where brick-awareness training is virutally mandatory in state-run schools. Full state funding available almost everywhere.

The trowel-and-mortar school: Proprietors, J. Watson and R. Johnston

Students are taught how to mix mortar and use a trowel from the first day of school, and most students can lay a simple stretcher-bond wall inside of a few weeks. They are then taught to build quoins, lay Flemish and English bonds, build arches, corbels and progressively more complex skills. At the end of the first year, 95% or more are competent brickies. Franchises available to virtually any competent bricklayer, but lack of a state-funded advertising budget has resulted in very limited take-up in the UK, and virtually none elsewhere. Nonetheless, a great opportunity for the bold.


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