PeeVee the Frog is Potomac Valley Brick’s Official Mascot. Holding the company’s most prestigious position, PeeVee brings extensive experience and expertise to the masonry process. A real people amphibian, he’s always willing to lend a helping webbed foot to everyone he encounters (though he can be difficult to catch at times).
So, how did PeeVee get his start in the world of masonry? From what he’s told us (and what we can understand), it actually began during the manufacturing process. Many bricks have indentations on one or two surfaces called “frogs.” There are several theories out there as to why they’re called that—from their resemblance to a crouching frog to a derivative of the Dutch word for frog ("kikker”). Traditional brickmaking consisted of a wooden box with a "kicker" in the middle that was used to force the clay outwards to fill the mold box.
Frogs also allow the producer to reduce the amount of clay used in the manufacturing process. When filled with mortar during construction, they provide better adhesion between courses by creating a shear key.
PeeVee isn’t the most tech savvy so if you’d like to reach him, please contact Potomac Valley Brick directly and we’d be happy to help you.