Masonry Madness

Masonry Madness at the World of Concrete

When masons and tenders from across the world get together to showcase their speed, skill and stamina, we call that Masonry Madness. For Nearly 20 years, SPEC MIX has provided the backdrop for several high energy craftsmanship competitions. Throughout the progression of these events, the quality of workmanship has greatly improved as masons have stepped up to the challenges, and continue to raise the bar.

David Chavez posing with Ford Truck
David Chavez
Darian Douthit Wins


The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® World Championship Event is renowned as the top attraction for the World of Concrete trade show. 20 bricklayer and mason tender teams that raced against a 60-minute clock to build a 26 foot long brick wall.

Representing the the best of North America, the duos worked at a tirelessly to install as many brick as possible while following strict quality workmanship standards. The bricklayer’s walls were judged by 30 highly experienced masonry experts, enforcing 10 sets of craftsmanship requirements. The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is recognized as the masonry industry’s only true test of skill, speed and stamina that annually awards the title “World’s Best Bricklayer” and total purse of over $125,000 in cash and prizes including a new Ford F-250 4×4 XLT Super Duty truck and a Kubota RTV-X1140.

Mason David Chavez and mason tender Guadalupe Hernandez of Ranch Masonry in Houston, TX took home top honors, claiming the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer.” With a brick count of 678, Chavez earned a new Ford F-250 XLT 4×4 truck, an Essick Pro 12 mortar mixer plus an addition $10,000 in cash and prizes. This is the second time Chavez has won the event, winning it also in 2018.

• New Ford F-250 4×4 XLT Super Duty Truck
• $5,000 check, SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Champion Jacket and 1st Place Trophy from SPEC MIX®
• Multiquip ESSICK PRO 12 Mortar Mixer
• STIHL TSA 230 battery-powered cut-off machine, w/ accessories
• iQ Power Tools iQMS362 Table Saw Set w/ accessories and iQ Jacket
• Blaklader $1,000 gip cerOficate
• STABILA Custom Trophy 24” level and plaque
• Marshalltown trophy trowel & loaded SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 tool bag
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack


Mason Darian Douthit of Providence Masonry of Miami, OK took home the title SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN®, which goes to the mason whose wall was voted “most sellable,” by a 30-judge panel. For this honor Douthit is taking home a Kubota RTV-X1140.

Douthit is a 3 time repeat SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN winner, taking top honors with 545 qualifying brick laid with no deductions.

• Kubota RTV-X1140
• $5,000 check from SPEC MIX
• Marshalltown Ceremonial Trophy Trowel and Tool Bag
• STIHL TSA 230 Cutquik Ba`ery-Powered Cut-Off Machine w/ accessories
• iQ Power Tools iQMS362 Table Saw Set w/ accessories
• Blaklader $1,000 gip cerOficate
• STABILA custon trophy 24” level and plaque
• GATORBACK Mortarboards – 10 pack

SPEC MIX Toughest Tender
Steve Braswell wins Toughest Tender


The SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® Competition is a combination of speed and detail that requires each of the mason tenders of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 to strategically lift, carry and place thousands of pounds of materials and tools needed to set up the bricklayer’s defined workstation. This year’s SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER title went to Steve Braswell with John Smith Masonry in St. Louis, MO. Small recorded a time of 14 minutes 49 seconds (WR – 11 minutes 7 second, set in 2005) to win the following:

• $2,500 check & SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® Trophy from SPEC MIX
• STIHL $700 Product Certificate
• iQ POWER TOOLS $200 iQ gift pack & iQ jacket
• BLAKLADER $500 Gift Certificate

MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block

MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block

The Fastest Trowel on the Block Competition, hosted by the Mason Contractors Association of America, is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of our industry’s workforce. Only those journeymen masons who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off with the industry’s best are invited to compete. This is a contest that also proves how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product.

The competition will pit journeyman masons, accompanied by their favorite tender, against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship. Each contestant’s goal is to complete as much of a 30 foot long wall as possible, using 8″x8″x16″ CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. Contestants must have a high degree of workmanship using normal masonry practices and hand tools.

The contest promotes quality training and pride in workmanship among journeymen and contractors, as well as promoting the craftsmanship, speed and versatility of masonry systems and the masonry workforce. This contest also rewards and highlights the country’s best mason journeymen for their hard work and dedication to the trade.

• 1st Place ($8,000): Jose Soto, Tender Israel Mendoza – Diamond Masonry, Phoenix, AZ
• 2nd Place ($2,500): Gerardo Patlan, Tender Robert Patlan – NuWay Inc., Phoenix, AZ
• 3rd Place ($1,500): Roberto Cimental, Tender Alfredo Landin – Arizona State Masonry – Phoenix, AZ

Masonry Skills Competition at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas

MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge

MCAA’s Masonry Skills Challenge is the national championship of masonry apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest consists of 31 aspiring masons who are given three hours to showcase their skills by challenging the winning apprentices from numerous regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentices at each level. This exciting competition spotlights the industry’s finest young masons and focuses on on careers in the masonry industry. Below are the 2020 Masonry Skills Challenge apprentice winners.

1st Year Apprentices

• First place ($750): Oscar Montano, Sun Valley Masonry, Tucson, AZ
• Second place ($500): Grant Miller, Jess Hauer Masonry, Cincinnati, OH
• Third place ($250): John Parker, WASCO Knox/BAC 8 Southeast, Knoxville, TN

2nd Year Apprentices

• First place ($750): Ryan Clark, Mosser Construction, Inc., Fremont, OH
• Second place ($500): Kiefer White, WASCO Knox/BAC 8 Southeast, Nashville, TN
• Third place ($250): Alex Mendoza, BAC 4 IN/KY Apprenticeship, Merrillville, IN

3rd Year Apprentices
• First place ($750): Grant Helms, Helms Masonry, Mt. Pleasant, NC
• Second place ($500:): Mason Lovell, Lovell’s Masonry/BAC 8 Southeast, Columbia, TN
• Third place ($250): Jordan Back, Gostomsky Masonry, Englewood, OH