If you haven't noticed the latest beard fad going on across the country right now, then you haven't been looking. From Zach Galifianakis to Joaquin Phoenix, our favorite celebs, friends and hipsters are all sporting a little bit of fuzz at the bottoms of their faces.
Although it might be a fad for some, it's a way of life for others. We speak of construction workers, of course. Many of the construction workers we know have long been fans of the gruff look that usually comes along with beards and mustaches. And why wouldn't they? Construction workers are the hard, burley types who spend all day working with huge machinery out in the hot sun. Who has time to shave?
We tip our hats to you, bearded construction workers of the world. And in your honor, we count down our four favorite beards in the construction industry.
4. Abraham Lincoln - His rise from log cabin living to President of the United States alone should place this beard in the annals of history, but did you know that Abraham Lincoln once had a job as a rail fence builder? That's right; our former President started his career in construction, building rail fences by hand. And when we mean by hand, we mean all of it was done by hand. If that weren't enough, he gave all of his hard earned money to his father. Now that's a tough job.
3. Antonio Ballatore - His close cropped beard, tattoos and handiwork in renovating houses won over audiences across America and helped this beard win the fourth season of "HGTV Design Star." He and his swanky LA beard now host the "The Antonio Treatment" and inspire people in the construction industry everywhere to grown their own facial hair, as long as they keep it well trimmed and hip.
2. Bob Villa - No beard list would be complete without this salt and peppered fellow. For years now, Bob and his beard have been helping homeowners build, fix and renovate their homes, making construction easy and even fun for the inexperienced. This famous beard and its wearer have starred in several of their own TV shows, written numerous books and even had a guest spot on the TV show "Home Improvement" as Tim Taylor's rival. Speaking of...
1. Al Borland - Our favorite construction industry beard has to go to Al Borland, the lovable goof on the fictional TV show "Tool Time" and Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor's sidekick. Who could forget the plaid shirts, the dorky sense of humor and the beard that wouldn't quit? Not only was Al a construction wiz on the show "Tool Time," he even spent time as a U.S. Navy Seabee - a construction battalion. We salute you, Al Borland, your construction jobs and, of course, your sweet beard.
Is it possible to land construction jobs without looking like Merlin in a hard hat? Of course; in fact, Rosie the Riveter never had one. And hammer-wielding Thor boasted a five o'clock shadow at best. If you don't have the beard, you better have a steady hand, a tolerance for loud noises and the ability to spot a Phillips-head screwdriver from 100 yards away.