I have bricklayers and masons in my bloodline – from both sides of the aisle. From cutting, laying, mixing and compressing the [ceramic] cement I felt that connection with my Dad, and he seemed proud to share his knowledge passed down from his ancestors.
One of my favorite things about my family, long before both my parents were even a glint in their parents eye, my Dad's father and my Mom's Grandfather built her parents house...still with me? If I remember my history right, my dad learned bricklaying mostly from his uncle.
But there are differences here. The bricks are about 1/3 of the weight of clay bricks, and the mortar is layed in the form of tape rather than a fresh, wet mixture,
Up next — Building the Chimney.