Masonry Madness is on again in the USA

I’m currently in Las Vegas, USA, representing ABBTF attending the biggest annual event in bricklaying on the planet and thrilled to be again judging the apprentices competition. Dubbed ‘Masonry Madness’, for good reason, the full program is a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world – all set for Wednesday January 18 (US time).


Let’s share our passion!

Interesting article from Mike Sutter Chairman of the Masonry Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

After just returning from Las Vegas and the World of Concrete/World of Masonry, I can tell you I am re-energized. How could I not be after all the productive meetings, social events, and of course MASONRY MADNESS on Wednesday — from the Apprentice Skills contest to the MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block, and finally the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500?


Tony Bishop wraps Judging of MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge in US

Tony Bishop, ABBTF’s State Manager in Qld, is again on home soil after lending his skill and support to the judging of the US Masonry industry’s equivalent of our WorldSkills Australia national bricklaying competition, the MCAA Skills Challenge.

Being a much larger country, it makes sense that their national bricklaying competition is for first, second and third year skill levels compared to our overall Regional winners of all Apprenticeship levels.


ABBTF’s Tony Bishop in Judging Team for US Masonry Skills Challenge

We’re delighted that one of our own ABBTF team members, Qld State Manager Tony Bishop, has been appointed to judge the USA’s annual apprentice bricklaying championships on 3 February.

The US Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition run by the Masonry Contractors Association of America (MCAA) for masonry (bricklaying) apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional US and some foreign competitors, to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level.


Aussie Entrants for ‘US Fastest Trowel on the Block’ on show this Saturday

If you’re in Brisbane tomorrow and looking to be entertained with some spectacular speed blocklaying by talented Aussie twin brothers preparing to head off for the annual MCAA, US speed test, head out to our office at Brendale this Saturday! Tony Bishop is hosting for ABBTF and it should be a great day – for details of the address and to RSVP, check here.

Two Qld guys, twins Jack and Pat Sommerfeld, who together have been representing and winning Regional WorldSkills comps since 2013, have paired-up, Jack as the blocklayer and Pat as the tenderer (labourer) for the day.


North Queensland Supa Trowel – It’s On Again Sept 7-8

Hey guys – it’s on again – the fantastic NQ Supa Trowel challenge in Northern Queensland.

It’s Queensland’s top showcase of the blocklaying trades craftsmanship and is a testament to the speed and skill of the industry workforce. Only those blocklayers who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off to the industry’s best are invited to compete. This is the contest that proves how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product.


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