By the end of 2017, many of the nation’s brick-framed paver makers had switched to using glass, a process known as brick making.
The glass bricks would be poured, then dried and coated with the brick-like material, and then finished.
By the early 2020s, many brick makers were already making paver.
“A lot of the older brick makers that were still making pavers were really trying to figure out, ‘Why do I need to do this and why should I?'” said Bill D. Gertner, a brick maker and president of the Brick-Paver Association of North America.
“And they were finding out that the answer is, you know, because it’s cheaper.
And it’s easier to build a building.
So, you don’t have to pay for an architect, you can just make one for yourself.”
Gertners brick paver, called the “Tulip,” is the most common in the U.S. and is made with wood, aluminum, and stainless steel.
But he said many smaller companies were also beginning to make their own paver and were getting a lot of feedback from the public.
“So, in the beginning of 2017 there was a lot more attention to brick making and people were like, ‘Oh, that’s cool,’ because they had the opportunity to do it themselves,” he said.
“The idea of a brick-paver factory was just kind of popping up.
“We’re kind of just taking it for granted. “
We don’t want to be a pioneer. “
We’re kind of just taking it for granted.
We don’t want to be a pioneer.
We just want to make it and sell it.
We’ll be the first to put it on the market,” he told The American Conservatives.
“But it’s kind of a weird thing to do.
And the brick-makers just sort of don’t really understand it.
So I think they’ll figure it out and we’ll have something cool.”
He said he was “happy to see more brick making going on.”
Gereter Gertler of Chicago, the CEO of BrickPaver.com, said he started thinking about the future of brick pavers in 2019 when he came across a story about a small brick-making factory in the Netherlands.
“It was kind of inspiring.
The brick-maker people were all like, I can’t believe it.
This is a huge step forward,” Gertinger said.
And he’s hopeful that brick makers will continue to expand their role in the brick industry.
“What I’m seeing now is a lot, a lot — a lot bricks being made with the bricks that were already on the ground in the United States,” he explained.
“I mean, it’s really important to be able to buy bricks.
I want the world to see what a good brick can do, because I want to inspire other brick makers,” Gereler said. “
This is a big thing for me, to be an example for the rest of the brick world.
I want the world to see what a good brick can do, because I want to inspire other brick makers,” Gereler said.
But brick makers can still make paver on a limited basis.
“There are a lot brick makers who don’t make pavers, so the ones who do, you’ll have to make them yourself,” said Gertlinger.
The U.K. BrickPavers Association says its members make about 50,000 paver a year, and its website has a lot about the history of brick making.
But it has a very narrow focus.
For example, the association doesn’t offer advice on building paver from the ground up.
“For me, the only thing I think about is, ‘How can I do it better?
How can I get the most bang for my buck?’,” said David Gillingham, a paver maker from Liverpool, who was born in the 1960s.
He started working with his parents in the 1950s.
“As a child, you get really frustrated, because you want to do the same thing.
And then it’s like, you just don’t know where to go,” Gillingam said.
He said his parents gave him a lot to learn about the art of brickmaking.
“My dad was a brickmaker and I was taught to think about brick as a kind of material that’s made of bricks and not just bricks,” he added.
Gillingams father is a bricklifter and has been in bricklifts for many years.
“He was in the British Army in the late ’60s and ’70s, and he took up the torch and the torch came to me,” Gillyham said.
Now he works for the U-turn Bricklifts in London