A bricklayer, which is related to but different from a mason, is a craftsman
who lays brick
s to construct brickwork
. The terms also refer to personnel who use blocks
to construct blockwork walls and other forms of masonry
. In British
and Australian English
, a bricklayer is colloquially known as a "brickie". A stone mason
is one who lays any combination of stones, cinder blocks, and bricks in construction of building walls and other works. The main difference between a bricklayer and a true mason is skill level: bricklaying is a part of masonry and considered to be a "lower" form of masonry, whereas stonemasonry
is a specialist occupation involved in the cutting and shaping of stones and stonework.
Bricklaying may also be enjoyed as a hobby
. For example, the former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
did bricklaying as a hobby.
Bricklayers occasionally enter competitions where both speed and accuracy are judged. The largest is the "Spec-Mix Bricklayer 500" held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Bricklaying and masonry are ancient professions that even centuries later require modern training. Bricklayers usually go through a formal apprenticeship which includes about three to four years of on-the-job training combined with classroom instruction. Unions and many employers offer these apprenticeships
. To become an apprentice, one must be at least 18 years old and have graduated from high school. Masons must attend trade school and/or serve apprenticeships requiring that they demonstrate that they know how to protect homes from humidity or water ingress, know about thermal insulation, and know about the science of construction material and occupational health and safety. While some online sites say they can get you certified in a little as 30 days, most bricklayers today attend trade or technical schools and receive in-depth and thorough training.
Guild clothing of the German bricklayers
Picture of an EhrbarkeitTraditional belt-buckle of a bricklayer
(it reads: ''Extol the bricklayer's art'').
The buckle is worn on a belt very much like this
(this is a belt of a roofer)
*Bricklayer trousersTraditional bricklayer waistcoat
(most times this is not white, but rather grey)
* Italian-American author John Fante
featured hod carrier
s, bricklayers, and stonemason
s prominently in several novels and short stories. This was due to the autobiographical nature of much of Fante's writing; his father, Nick, was an Italian-born bricklayer descended from — at least in Fante's fictions — a long line of Italian artisan bricklayers and stonemasons. Fante also spent a significant portion of his youth apprenticed to his father.
* In Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
's ''One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
'', the title character, a Gulag
prisoner, worked as a bricklayer.
* The long-running British children's TV series ''Look and Read
'' featured "Bill the Brickie" ("brickie" being a British and Australian colloquialism
for "bricklayer"), who would 'build' words with bricks to demonstrate the use of morphemes
, such as '-ed' or '-ing'.
* Brick hod
Category:Construction trades workers