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The Drive and Motivation Behind a Concrete Countertop Fabricator

Ben Ashby got an early education in concrete from a father who he says was stubborn as a muleBen Ashby got an early education in concrete from a father who he says was “stubborn as a mule and tough as nails,” but who also provided the young Ashby with the drive and motivation to succeed.

How to Excel at Concrete Countertop Sink and Edge Fabrication

A grinder smoothing the inside of a concrete sink.A review of tools and methods for sink polishing and edge profiling concrete countertops.

Cement Alternatives for Concrete

Pozzolans vary widely in color. Shown here, left to right, are fly ash, metakaolin, silica fume, fly ash, slag and calcined shale.Since manufacturing portland cement damages the environment, more and more concrete makers are giving alternatives a chance. According to the LEED certification system, concrete has several green qualities, including a long lifetime and recyclability. Portland cement, one of concrete’s primary ingredients, is another story.

Precast Concrete Countertops: Forms, Mixes, Tools and Finishes

Precast concrete countertop with a hole for a sink and faucet.Concrete countertop productionfalls into two general categories: cast-in-place and precast countertops. Here we will explore various techniques used in precasting concrete countertops.

Concrete Business Specializes In Innovative Metallic Epoxies

red and grey checkered floor at auto shopFor a man who was an Eastern Airline employee for years and owned his own pest control company after that, he found working with his hands, LEDs and chemicals familiar territory. So when the economy began to tank, it wasn’t that far of a stretch when Clem Carrion founded Visual Artisan in December 2007, a concrete business that specializes in concrete countertops, innovative lighting and metallic epoxies, as well as faux wood and stone.

Concrete Countertops Turns into a Dream Gig for One Artisan

Concrete countertop in the kitchen with a white sink and a unique faucetCompared to working on deadline with Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins and the Spice Girls, decorative concrete is a breeze.

Concrete Countertop Company Offers Valuable, Intensive Training

Intensive countertop training is second to none in the countertop market.Countertops were the name of the game at a recent workshop sponsored by the Institute for American Craftsmanship in Eugene, Oregon. Offering its participants valuable experience in making precast and cast-in-place countertops, decorative concrete tiles and even concrete stools.

Concrete Sitting Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail in Las Vegas, Nev.

Seat Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail Las Vegas, Nev.On some decorative concrete projects, the only people looking over your shoulder are other tradespeople.

10 Most Popular Class Topics in the Concrete Decor Show's History (with one bonus)

Chris Sullivan teaching concrete classOf the Concrete Decor Show’s top 35 most-attended courses, some topics emerged that were more popular than all the others. First on the list are countertops, followed by polymer overlays and coatings, and polishing concrete.

From the Ground Up: Building a Concrete Home

A compass placed on the concrete floor in this kitchen.In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops. And it doesn't stop there, the entire home was consructed using concrete and insulated concrete forms.

How to Fabricate Molds for Concrete

Using a sprayer to prep the inside of a GFRC countertop.Forms serve many functions beyond simply containing the concrete. The formwork defines the precision and, to some extent, the quality of the casting. Well-made forms create straight lines, fair curves and right angles and lead to easy, effortless installation.

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

Counter Culture - Fall 2009

Concrete Table Tops Talk at Pasadena Showcase

The 16-by-5-foot table -- commissioned by Terry Morrill of Pacific Outdoor Living, a landscape design-build company in Sun Valley -- serves as the centerpiece of a space that garnered national honors.A real conversation starter, the concrete table designed and cast by Dominic Boinich of 5 Feet from the Moon kept the table talk flowing freely at the unveiling of the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design in California.

A Guide to Using Topical Sealers on Cast Concrete Countertops

There are more choices and considerations with concrete sealer coatings than there are with penetrating sealer treatments, and I believe it's because of this that so many people are confused, frustrated and bewildered. Let me clear up concrete countertop coating confusionThere are more choices and considerations with concrete topical sealers than there are with penetrating sealer treatments, and I believe it's because of this that so many people are confused, frustrated and bewildered. Let me clear up concrete countertop coating confusion

Concrete Countertop Design Competition

Industrial gray concrete bar top that is paired with three red bar style seats.2008 Concrete Countertop Design contest winners in both residential and commercial categories

How a Sealer Gets New Life in the Decorative Concrete Industry

A concrete sealer has been discovered by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Why Strength Matters in Concrete Countertops

Wet-cast concrete - How strong do concrete countertops have to be? I hear that question from fabricators all the time. The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.How strong do concrete countertops have to be? The answer is not a simple one. It depends upon how you define strength, what your intended use is and your sealer choice.

The Concrete Countertop Mix You Have Been Waiting For

This black concrete countertop using Quikrete countertop mix is a very elegant way to bring clean lines to a kitchenWith concrete countertops becoming more popular by the day, mastering the art has become a priority for many contractors. But finding the perfect mix of concrete and additives to mold into the tight corners and custom shapes of many countertop projects is a complicated, not to mention expensive, process.

Factors that Affect the Strength of GFRC Pieces

Scrim is being used to strengthen the dropped edges of a 14-foot-long concrete reception desk.The popularity of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has grown in the past few years as more and more people discover its versatility, strength and relative ease of manufacture. GFRC makes it possible to create stronger and lighter elements and complex 3-D pieces easily.

Concrete Artisan Explains How to Mass-produce Concrete Countertop Slabs

Move over marble, granite and engineered composites. With the popularity of concrete countertops on the rise, the time has come for mass-produced precast concrete slabs to enter into the fray.Move over marble, granite and engineered composites. With the popularity of concrete countertops on the rise, the time has come for mass-produced precast concrete slabs to enter into the fray.

Fluid (Wet-Cast) Countertop Mixes vs. Stiff Countertop Mixes

Stiff mix concrete countertop mixAre you new to countertops? Are you confused about what the term "wet-cast" means? Here's a look at fluid concrete mixes for wet-casting as compared to stiff mixes for hand-packing, which is also known as "the Buddy Rhodes method."

The 2011 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge Winners

Concrete countertop outdoors with a built in drink holderFu-Tung Cheng announced the 2011 winners of Cheng Concrete’s annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training, in Nashville, Tenn.

Counter Culture - Spring 2009

Counter Culture - Spring 2009

Artisans Pushing the Limits of What Can Be Done With Concrete

Concrete coffee table by Justin Burd. Natural wood inlays in perpendicular patter cross at one end. Concrete trivet sits on top of a round concrete table.Decorative concrete bars and concrete countertops are “anticlimactic” to many concrete contractors. Many concrete contractors continue to push the limits of what concrete can do as a medium by creating good design and shapes that are not often seen within the decorative concrete industry.

The Right Rubber Material for Your Custom Molds

Lines of rubber tires along the fence line and green grass.Science has continued to perfect specialty compounds for mold-making. These compounds are designed to address the very specific challenges associated with very different mold applications, including architectural and decorative precasting.

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