Spec-West honors Bill Shorey, industry leader

Artist Robin Vella, his crew of designers, Spec West employees and industry insiders gathered with Estrella Shorey Feb. 19, 2008, at Spec West’s Rancho Cordova location for the unveiling of a decorative concrete bench honoring Bill Shorey, “The Color Man,” who passed away early last year.

Bill Shorey worked as a product specialist for Spec-West, a construction supply company. He was a key inspirational figure in the early years of the decorative concrete industry.

The decorative concrete bench features Shorey’s likeness. Vella, who owns A Concrete Studio in Sacramento, created it using integral color from QC Construction Products, diamond-polished aggregate, metallic highlights and shadow effects.

A concrete representation of the “Billy Banger,” a tool Shorey invented, forms one leg of the bench. The real-life Banger is a high-density urethane hand tamper with a 7-inch by 7-inch base. A pole at its center has a knob at the top and a handle off to one side.

This memorial will join the several hundred square feet of decorative concrete found at “Bill’s Patio,” adjacent to the Rancho Cordova store.


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