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JEANNOTTE QUEBEC TUTTLE

TENDER: RENÉ RODIER TENDER: SCOTT TUTTLE 2017 TOP CRAFTSMAN
COMPANY: Maçonnerie Legault COMPANY: Quik Trowell Masonry, Clearfield, UT

Gatineau, QC There were no masonry programs in the high schools in the Clearfield, Utah area where 2015
SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER® and 2017 SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN® winner Brian Tuttle grew
Benoît Jennotte, 32, is returning for his up. It was luck that a friend’s father hired him as labor on a masonry crew. After that, it was all
second appearance at the SPEC MIX BRICK- drive. Within a year on the job, Brian had joined another masonry company but the owner was
LAYER 500 World Championship. He got into not eager to put him on the wall. To get experience he worked unpaid for another mason on
the trade 15 years ago by attending trade Saturdays; any time he could. He also fined tuned the skills in his free time in the basement.
school, and he continues to learn on the job After beginning his own business he hired on his younger brother, Scott, and eventually made
every day. him partner. The drive and determination that kept Brian in masonry would be the same drive
that led him to compete in the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500.
To prepare for the competition, Benoît
has been practicing with his bosses, past Brian Tuttle and his brother Scott have competed in every SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World
World Championship Competitors, Gabriel & Championship Competition since 2004. In the beginning they were competing, but not winning.
Maxime. He hopes to lay 650 brick to take “Every year that goes by and you don’t win anything - that just fires you up that much more. We
home the title. If he wins, he will celebrate were fairly good on speed but our quality was terrible. We were laying a wall that was not going
by throwing a big party at his home when he to win. When it is a race you think ‘well if I can’t hit the number I am not going to win’, but if the
returns to Quebec. quality is not there, you are wasting your time.”

Benoît says that the SMBL500 benefits the It was observing other competitors at the 2007 SMBL500 that Brian noticed a mason by the
trade by showing the world what masonry is name of Bill Morrisette. “I was immediately drawn to his form. It was a really smooth look; like
all about – SPEED and QUALITY. he was not trying hard. Every motion he made was exactly the same. He did not waste any
moves. He was a one-scrape brick. He would scrape every brick with his trowel only one time.
Benoît would like to thank everyone at Ma- Some of the other guys do it two or three times, get nervous, wasting a move every time.”
connerie Legault for their support. Especially
his bosses, Gabriel and Maxime, his tender, OKLAHOMA That year Morrisette went home with the Top Craftsman title. “We went home with nothing …
René, as well as his family and friends. and I decided to give Mr. Bill Morrisette a call. I called him up and told him he was the best I had
seen there. I told him who I was, that I was a competitor, that I watched him. You are smooth,
16 LEIF quality is right where it needs to be. I like your form and I think you can teach me something.
His wife recorded the whole competition and he sent me the video. My brother and I watched
REINTS that video for hours and we tried to follow his form; become systematic. It made a difference.”

TENDER: MICHAEL WEISINGER In 2015, while Brian won the SPEC MIX TOUGHEST TENDER, his brother did not place. “We
COMPANY: Reints Masonry needed to build a practice wall. That was all we were missing because we had all the drive in
the world. I told my brother in order for us to ever win this we will have to build a whole wall, at
Wyandotte, OK least 5 times. Build the whole wall, just like the competition. And so we built the 5 walls, and we
went on and won. “
Leif Reints, 37, is a past SPEC MIX BRICK-
LAYER 500 World Champion, winning the Since their wins, their names have become more known. Business has exploded. They have
competition in 2012 in his second appear-
ance! This year, in his 6th appearance, he is lined up over a year’s worth of work and are planning to expand the business by adding to their
shooting to lay 700 perfect brick.
crew. Yet in their area there are
Leif learned the trade 18 years ago while
attending Northeastern Vocational School in still few places or school masonry 2017 Judge’s choice for
Afton, OK. He’s excited about the SMBL500, programs that offer a chance to “TOP CRAFTSMAN”
and says that he’s proud to be a part of learn the trade or to compete in
something that brings knowledge to the
public about the masonry trade & gives skills contests. Tuttle hopes one
young masons a goal.
day to mentor someone that is just
If he wins in 2018, Leif will celebrate
extremely well in Las Vegas before heading as eager to learn as he was. “It is a
home to Oklahoma! He would like to thank
his family, friends, sponsors, and especially very lucrative trade if you work hard.
Bud Johnson for all their support.
There really is not a limit as to what

you can make. The sky is the limit

when it comes to masonry. “

A TOUGHEST TENDER win and a TOP
CRAFTSMAN win are under Brian’s
belt. The 2018 SMBL500 has him go-
ing for the Triple Crown. “I am going
for it. I am looking for first place.”

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