But one thing that hasn’t changed since the Romans perfected brick sizes is the craft and Rodger says good brickwork is an underrated expertise. And like any skill, it’s all in the details.
“Good brickwork is a thing,” he says with a laugh. “You want nice straight bricks with the ends perfectly plumb [vertical]. You also want clean brickwork that isn’t covered in mortar and the joints finished off the way they’re supposed to be - not like they’ve just had a stick dragged through them.
“Bricklaying is an art. There are lots of rock stackers out there, but not a lot of bricklayers. Good bricklayers are hard to find.”
Though his career started in Victoria, Rodger has worked all over the country.
“I did my time in Ballarat, then went to Perth for a few years, then up to Darwin,” he recalls. “But somehow I ended up coming back to Ballarat. I grew up here, it’s home.”