But you are already a good advisor right here...you don't even need to leave the house.
Sometimes we are right in the midst of it all and forget we are still helpin out.
I have learned the most valuable info from the old, wise learned, ornery,(insert thesaurus here) timers....they have experienced it, not talked about it.
Good luck finding a mason,it should be easier than you think.
Dont forget about learnin all you can, and yes... you have to share later.