J.T. Payne Wins the 2018 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Missouri Regional

This year was the first attempt at qualifying for J.T. Payne and his mason tender, and brother, Jake Payne. The 25-year-old mason from Cape Girardeau, MO immediately turned heads when he laid 683 perfect brick. He knew he couldn’t rely on his work experience to qualify for Las Vegas, so he grabbed the wall drawing off the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 website and started building practice walls in his spare time. His strategy worked, and he plans on getting in a lot more practice before the World Championships. 
J.T. and his wife are raising three kids, all under the age of seven. For the past six years he has been working for his grandparent’s commercial masonry contracting company, Foeste Masonry. His uncle and mentor is no stranger to masonry madness, having won the Fastest Trowel on the Block Competition in 1994 and 1996. With that kind of coaching, we expect big things out of this rookie team. 

When it comes to going the route of the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 to inspire future masons, J.T. Payne has this advice, “As journeyman bricklayers, we should all be able to obtain a certain quality. There’s a lot of rules, plus trying to get that many brick in an hour. In our area we tend 800 to 900 brick a day, 1,000 is great. On average, a mason will lay 500 to 800 a day, we’re out there trying to get that done in an hour.”


When he isn’t practicing for the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 or spending time with his family, J.T. like to go deer hunting, duck hunting, and participate in antique tractor pulling.

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