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Meet Willy

If you haven’t already noticed, we’ve got this beautiful, rustic looking brick wall in our new studio, and I love shooting it. In fact I have to make myself come off that wall just to change things up. Well, it’s time you meet the man that made that wall…and the fireplace…and the brick on the front of building. It’s time you meet Willy.

He’s got a work ethic that reminds me of my childhood, watching my dad come in the door after a long night’s work in the coal mines. Resolved. Absolute. Tested. Something you don’t just run across on any given day… not these days.

I’ve met his son, I’ve met his brothers and sister, his wife and even his in-laws in the days that he’s been here. They’ve all stopped in to see his handiwork. His son and brother-in-law help out by doing the heavy lifting and cutting. Then they watch Willy, and they learn the art.

I watch Willy stretch a line and check the level of each brick, and I realize life could be that way, that each step, each day, could be somehow measured. Then maybe we wouldn’t wind up spinning our wheels on uncharted courses, but instead we’d be laying a good foundation, the one God set before us.

Thanks for everything Willy and company. It’s certainly been a pleasure. If anyone would like some brickwork done, this is the man to call. Willy Plienis, Bricklayer, 359-4354.

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