Making Bricks

Mattaw’s house dads have been busy this month. They are building guest houses for our visitors, and at Mattaw, building anything means making bricks. Right now, their quota is 400 bricks/day.

It dawned on me today that I have never shown you all our brick machine, so here are some pictures! We are very blessed to have this yellow thing. There are only three of them in the world. Basically, it compacts moist sand and cement under very high pressure to create a┬áLego. The bricks take almost no time to dry, don’t require any baking, and because they lock together, no mortar is used during construction.

6 Responses to Making Bricks

  1. Tom & Kathie Frederick says:

    Looks like hard to me! Looks like you have some great “House Dads”…God is Good all the time.

    Chaplain Tom amd Kathie…

  2. LM says:

    Loved it! These dads look like they are enjoying the work, I think it would be a great job to have. If I made a stack of bricks, I would walk around looking at them and feeling mighty proud. Now I want to go build a brick house~Lilly

  3. DADD says:

    Is that 400 bricks per person, or for the crew?
    Very interesting bricks, but how do they go around a corner?
    Please post some photos of them being used, and a house going up. How long does it take to make a house.
    Please post maybe a photo a day or every other day of a house going up.
    Thank you.

  4. AL Luedecke says:

    Like DADD, I too wonder about making a turn in a wall of these bricks. The best I could do from looking at the bricks in the last picture, is that there must be another mold that makes special corner bricks but since you do not need nearly as many corner bricks, they are made last or daily as they are needed.
    It sure is an efficient system especially since you don’t need mortar.


    • elizabeth says:

      No, believe it or not, they use these bricks for the corners as well. Nothing special. Sometimes they’ll break them in half and use a half of a brick on the corner.

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