by Robert Bass
I was in the masonry field for over 40 years I owned a commercial masonry company for 25 years. I come out of a family of masons and that's the way it was done in the old days. When ever I got a mason out of school and I got many, I had to retrain him because he always thought he new it all. The only thing you get from the school is what we call trial broken. Then you need to come out to the job sit to learn how it is really done. Schools are good for getting a person ready to start learning how to become a real mason. I think they need to be told this when they leave school. Then when they get on the job they will not think they already know and they should come out making top dollar right away. A lot of your school bricklayers think they are masons and they are not it takes time to become a real mason. Most don't even know what a real mason is. A real mason is someone that can do all fazes of the masonry field, brick, block, stone, glass block, concrete, tile, drywall, plaster, and stucco. If you can not do all these you are not a mason you are what ever you do, bricklayer, concrete finisher, drywall-er, and so on.