Vertical Carving Spring Training at the Oregon Hobbit House

Three men work on a concrete piece with a trowel at the training workshop.

Nathan Giffin’s Vertical Artisans hosted its second weeklong teraining at its West Coast Training Center, an underground “hobbit house” in Lorane, Ore.

Two sinks have been placed into a concrete countertop of sorts that is carved and custom made during a workshop.

A guy uses a trowel to form and shape the concrete wall.

Nathan Giffin carving the concrete wall as Jody Smith films him.

A man in an orange shirt pulls rope out from a white bucket.

Staining the concrete every so carefully to achieve the realistic look of natural rock.

Spraying color with two sprayers onto concrete to get a realistic rock look.

Nathan Giffin and an attendee work to create a concrete countertop.

A celtic knot with swords carved onto the wall in concrete.

An attendee creates realistic tree roots out of concrete to give this place an underground feel.

Attendees watch as the color and texture is added to the concrete wall.

Attendees take a break from learning to read the newest editions of Concrete Decor magazine.

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