Author: Stacey Enesey Klemenc

Artisan’s Invention Opens Possibilities for Bigger and Better Pieces

Before concrete artisan Josh Thiel of Thiel Studios in West Palm Beach, Florida, changed his career path, he was a mechanical engineer. From building combat robots for television and designing Power Wheels with Fisher-Price, he was involved with one intriguing project after another. One that serendipitously prepared him for future […]

Keeping Old Construction Techniques Alive

In a world where construction projects are dominated by cutting edge products and constantly evolving technology, Jack Aldrich wants to do his share of preserving the “old ways” that have typically been passed on from generation to generation. He sees value in keeping old construction techniques alive in this ever-changing […]

Wide Array of Products at World of Concrete Offers Solid Solutions and Creative Courses

The 45th edition of the World of Concrete bustled with nearly 54,000 registrants packing the halls and spilling over into the outside exhibit areas at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 4-7. The annual expo succeeded in being a very strong event for the concrete and masonry industries, featuring 1,310 […]

Going Beyond Square-edged Countertops

Although rocker Huey Lewis made headlines singing how it was “Hip to be Square,” artisan Ben Ashby couldn’t quite jibe with that mantra when it came to concrete countertops. Back in the early ’90s, others in the fledgling decorative concrete business — like FuTung Cheng and Buddy Rhodes, he remembers — were perfectly fine with square-edged countertops but Ashby wanted more for his creations.