Cool Stuff Being Made: How Bricks Are Made

By April 8, 2006Cool Stuff Being Made

oil.jpgThis week’s video comes to us courtesy of the South Carolina Educational TV Network. We found them because they produced a video for one of our member companies. We got a bunch of videos from them this week which we’ll parse out over the coming weeks and months.

This one takes place at NAM Member Carolina Ceramics in Columbia, South Carolina. It follows the brick making process from the piles of clay and its mixing and extrusion all the way through the kiln which bakes it at up to 2200 degrees. It comes out the other end, well, thick as a brick. It’s way cool to see it. From there it goes to houses and sidewalks and patios in your neighborhood.

By the way, getting the kiln up to those temperatures takes a lot of energy, so even a slight uptick in the cots of natural gas can really pinch a brick maker. But then, you already knew that. It’s why we want to see our stores of natural gas tapped, so US brick manufacturers can continue to bring you bricks at affordable prices. (In fact, click here for a comment from NAM Board Member and brick maker Fletcher Steele on the effects of the high cost of energy.)

So click here to watch this 10-minute video of how bricks are made, and feel the manufacturing vibe.

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Keith Finter says:

    Hi I am a Bricklaying Instructor in Queensland Australia and I have watched your Video on how to make bricks. Is there any chance you could e-mail me the file so I can download it onto a flash drive to show my apprentice bricklaying students

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  • Patrick Waterlander says:

    This video doesn’t seem to be working at all at the moment. Rather than buffering and playing, it simply shows “Ready” and does nothing, despite multiple resets.

  • Michael Vilain says:

    Well, I tried using Microsoft Media player on my Mac 10.4.5 system and, yes, the Flip4Mac product is less than optimal (it was uninstalled shortly after I found it was mostly useless). So, until a non-Microsoft solution is offered, you’re essentially restricting your site’s content to only Microsoft users.

    I also tried using VPC on the Macintosh and the Windows Media Player could not connect to your content server. I realize you can’t try all possible combinations here, but it’s clear that the WMP stream, although easy to setup, isn’t serving the widest possible audience. I guess we all make business decisions that can’t please everyone. At least you seem to be aware of the tradeoffs you’ve made by excluding the non-Microsoft crowd.

    Good luck with your iPod streaming solution. I hope you get it going soon, before the MAKE article gets to old. You’re losing potential readers by not having it available currently.

  • Blogger's Apprentice says:

    WMP on the Mac is a growing issue. Microsoft has ceased support and
    development for their Mac player. They have turned over development of
    a Mac player to Telestream and their Flip4Mac product. Here is the
    current situation:

    1. Microsoft Media Player – This is still a very stable and working
    solution for Max OSX users. Over time, this will change but for now
    this is the player we recommend.

    2. Flip4Mac – This product is very new and has serious known flaws which
    prevent us from recommending that anyone use this at this time. Mac
    users who install this will have serious playback problems. We expect
    this to change over time.

    At this time, there are two potential solutions for the Mac user.

    1. The Mac user can use the Microsoft Windows Media Player and
    everything will work very well.
    2. We’re looking in the near future of launching a Video Podcast for Cool Stuff Being Made.

    Currently, Macs represent around 4% of the market and they are
    expected to grow to 8% over the next year. We are committed to
    development of a solution that meets all of our technical needs while
    also providing Mac users with a seamless experience.

  • Michael Vilain says:

    Some of us use systems other than Billyware. How about posting in a format other than WMP, like QuickTime? The WMP player on the Mac can’t view your video.