Bars and countertops are “anticlimactic” to this month’s artisans in concrete, Justin Burd and Nathan Smith. “We’ve been trying to push the limits of what concrete can do as a medium by creating good design and shapes that are not often seen within our industry,” says Smith.
Burd, 36, who is originally from Chattanooga, began working with concrete while living in West Virginia. He had his own business called Tribe 1 Customs, which he started in 2006. “I was remodeling a friend’s house who wanted to install concrete countertops,” says Burd. Buddy Rhodes’s first book on concrete countertops was loaned to him to get him started. “I cast my first piece for the first kitchen I worked on, and my friend really liked it. Somebody else saw it and they wanted it too and that’s when the snowball started rolling downhill.”