Posts Tagged ‘bricks

25
Mar
15

athwart…’athwart?’….yes athwart

vines creep and bricks fall

the foundation sags, glass breaks

still standing athwart

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26
Feb
15

daffodils & bricks…

fallen brick chimney

tumbled, scattered and broken

daffodils brighten

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20
Sep
14

Amen Brother

“I carry my own church about under my own hat, said I. Bricks and mortar won’t make a staircase to heaven. I believe with your Master that the human heart is the best temple.” Arthur Conan Doyle

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04
Apr
14

Old Bricks (How to Make Bricks) & Salvage Memories

I recall, in the mid-60’s, my parents agreed to tear down a two story, 24 unit apartment complex. It was a long project taking four months to complete. My Dad would work his full time job and then evenings and weekends were fully committed to tearing down the structure by hand. No heavy equipment. Hand tools and extension ladders were it. I was, of course, recruited to help.

My parents figured they would salvage as much of the materials as possible to resell them. So every salvageable board, pipe, wiring and bricks were saved and hauled home in the back of two 1949 Buick Roadmaster’s that had the rear seats removed. Day after day all this stuff was transported to my parents back yard.

My duties, beyond muscling the materials into and out of the car and carrying them to the back yard, were removing all nails from every board and stacking brick. I was tasked with using a hatchet to skim each brick clean of the mortar. My parents would sell each brick at 2¢. When I see a stack of bricks today, I recall my very sore hands as a youth.

The bricks, below, were near an old farm house built in the 1880’s. Someone started the salvage effort at one point.

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Making Bricks in the Old Days

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More How To’s On Brick Making

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03
Apr
14

Bricks…Worn Out & Vulnerable

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“She was built like a brick shithouse”  Anonymous (I have always found this one odd…I have never seen a brick shithouse and some one must have been shit faced when he said it)

“How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and oil, growing, working, dying with hardly a though of wind and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine made beauty, the mineral like quality of life.” Charles Linbergh, 1927

“Men say they love the independence of a woman, but they don’t waste a second demolishing it brick by brick.” Candice Bergen

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02
Mar
13

VIDEO TOSSING BRICKS…A HARD DAY’S WORK

A HARD DAY’S WORK




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