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Job Safety: Not to be Forgotten!

Job safety is as important on a 10 story commercial building as it is on a residential remodel.  Every mason deserves to go home just like he came to work.  Too many times, accidents happen that can seriously injure a mason, causing lost time, medical costs, or worse.  Many of these are reported to management …

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Marvelous Masonry Egypt

Thank you for the positive comments we’ve received about these articles. It’s great to see how many enjoy our masonry heritage. This month we’ll be visiting Egypt. Even if you’ve never visited Egypt, you probably recognize the pyramids and the Sphinx. We will go there and visit many more. Egypt was a center of modern …

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NCMA’s Unit Design Competition For Architectural Students — A Win-Win For All Involved

The NCMA Unit Design Competition involves the conceptual design of innovative concrete masonry or hardscape units that can be economically manufactured on a block machine (concrete masonry and segmental retaining wall units) or big board machine (concrete pavers). The competition is incorporated into the architectural program at major universities and in many cases is virtually …

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Honoring The Legacy: The Masonry Hall Of Fame’s 2017 Inductees

Masonry is not only responsible for building long-lasting and beautiful structures; it’s the reason for so many legacies. On January 19 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete, the Mason Contactors Association of America honored five of the industry’s finest. During the closing dinner held at Fogo de Chão in Las Vegas, Robert …

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Hardscapes

About the Author: As a second generation stone mason and designer I have continued the trade my father, Arthur Stearns, taught me.  Learning everything from hand cutting full veneer stones to designing outdoor living spaces I continued my family’s business for twenty-five years.  Co-hosting national televisions shows for DIY’s “Rock Solid” “Indoors Out” and PBS’ …

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Inauguration 2017

What a whirlwind of an adventure. January 19, 2017, there we where honoring some of the greatest men in our industry the Closing Banquet in Las Vegas with the Masonry Hall of Fame installation dinner. It was also the ending of an extremely busy week in Las Vegas with the World of Concrete/Masonry. That evening …

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