Concrete countertop pioneer Buddy Rhodes has produced a step-by-step book, “Making Concrete Countertops With Buddy Rhodes,” that reveals his time-tested techniques in precise detail.
In this book, Rhodes shares skills and experience from more than 30 years of experience in concrete art and fabrication. More importantly, he shares the process he pioneered for creating the natural, stone-like pressed surface countertops that have become his hallmark. He also details techniques for hand-troweled and polished countertop surfaces.
Color photographs and descriptive text trace every step in the multipart processes, including exactly how Buddy produces his signature veined finish, once a tightly held trade secret. This manual will also guide craftspeople through each step of creating a cast concrete countertop, from the careful process of measuring for a template, through building a mold, to casting and installation. A gallery of more than 60 color images explores actual kitchens and baths featuring Rhodes’ handcrafted countertops.
Rhodes has also launched a product line of artisan concrete countertop products. Buddy Rhodes Concrete Mix can be used to create one-of-a-kind countertops, fireplaces, furniture, and other products. Rhodes’ concrete mix is a claylike material that can be tinted, molded, and even formed vertically to create fresh, new possibilities.