Bags packed, tickets booked, I was off to Tasmania. But what to see? Looking through some brochures, I was drawn to a town rich in heritage, the colonial town of Richmond, a mere 25kms from Hobart, this was definitely going on the itinerary!
Richmond had plenty of things to see, including a historic prison, but the one thing that really caught my eye was its arched bridge sited near the old gaol and aptly named the Richmond Bridge. Built entirely by the hard labour of convicts, it also happens to be Australia’s oldest bridge and is still being used today. Read more >>
The Annunciation Cathedral Kharkiv is a Neo-Byzantine structure built in 1888. At 80 metres high, it’s a stunning structure and the largest and tallest church in the Russian Empire.
These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect. Read more >>
OK, let’s go to the Ukraine! I have to say this was an awesome trip (except for the shooting down of MH17 on the day I arrived). There is so much brick construction in Ukraine – over 90% of all construction is brickwork and I had the opportunity to visit this extremely profitable brick construction site.
Check out this full brick Cathedral, now and in the construction stages. Read more >>
OK, let’s push on. This, in my opinion bricklaying-wise, is the most profound church in the world. It is the main church of St. Petersburg – Cathedral of the Resurrection or the Church of Spilt Blood.
This church is built on the site where Tsar Alexander the Great was executed. The extraordinary brickwork is phenomenal. It was started in 1883 and finally finished in 1907. It is one of the churches that covers all bricklaying applications to great lengths. Read more >>
Let’s get back to Moscow – Red Square again – and one of the world’s most famous churches – St Basil’s Cathedral.
Just look at the different array of arches; the corbelling; the inverted brickwork; all constructed by hand – sometimes in a freezing environment. Read more >>
I would like to share with you some of the most aesthetically profound brick constructions in the world. My recent trip to Europe, Russia and Ukraine has reinforced by belief that Red Square in Moscow houses some of the best brick constructions in the world. One of my favourites in Red Square is the Russian historical museum, pictured above.
Built by architect Vladimir Sherwood (whose father was an English Engineer), the museum is constructed of red brick and is a prime example of Russian Revivalism. It was completed in 1894 after a 20 year construction period, and its walls (some of them 1.4 metres thick) contain nearly all facets of bricklaying including this precision and architectural construction. Read more >>
Whilst on holiday recently in Europe, I was in awe of the bricklaying skills that were used in buildings in its cities and towns. Read more >>
Peter Cartwright, author of BRICKLAYING The Art, has contributed an excellent paper for ABBTF on the craftsmanship of bricklaying around the world. Read more >>
Damp Proof Coursing (DPC) is such an important aspect of bricklaying and it is something that is so overlooked, given it has the potential to create many ongoing and costly problems. Read more >>
Firstly, hi guys. I’d like to say hi to all those hard working brickies out there. I have been one for over 40 years now. Read more >>
I’m still one, love it to bits. Lots of us in the building trade need both physical and mental exercise or we get bored.