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Decorative Concrete Panels Survive Decades of Weathering

The collection of 60 panels, each measuring 5 feet by 3 feet by 4 inches, was built to demonstrate seven production procedures popular at the time.The question of architectural concrete’s durability has finally been answered.

Power Tools Used to Carve Concrete Mural at Trade-show Booth

Steven Ochs in front of his mural that was created for Bosch Tool Company at the World of ConcreteAnyone visiting the Bosch Tool outdoor booth at World of Concrete 2011 could not have missed this tool-carved decorative concrete work created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor.

How to Install Faux Rock Panels

Have a structural engineer specify the rebar design for a cave roof. Rock panels are a popular feature in many homes and businesses across the country. With so many companies specializing in this niche, it is natural that there are a variety of methods for installing the panels. Concrete Decor asked three companies how they told their customers to install faux rock panels.

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Decorative Concrete Techniques: Faux Rock Tricks-of-the-Trade

Tips and techniques for faux rocksA comprehensive list of important aspects of the faux rock trade. From tool choice to customer expectations, here are some tried and true tips, tricks and techniques to take your faux rock skill to the next level

Cemrock: Globetrotting Decorative Concrete Powerhouse

When Olson bought Cemrock, it was pulling in about $1.2 million a year doing exclusively zoo and aquarium habitats, which served as a great foundation to build from.You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

Adrian Gascon Creates Unbelievable Artificial Rock Waterscapes

GFRC Waterfall Expert - Adrian Gascon has reinvented himself personally and professionally a few times. He sold cars and played and coached baseball and basketball, then through luck and hard work began fabricating top-secret planes for the government, making $20 an hour at 20 years old.Adrian Gascon has reinvented himself personally and professionally a few times. He sold cars and played and coached baseball and basketball, then through luck and hard work began fabricating top-secret planes for the government, making $20 an hour at 20 years old.

A Two-Sided Tip: Exposed Aggregate on a Corner Wall

Some of our exposed aggregate pours are more complex than simply pouring a slab and turning it on end,Nick Carosi III of Arban & Carosi Inc. brings up an intriguing point when talking about exposed aggregate on vertical surfaces — what if you’re pouring an L-shaped wall piece? Since gravity’s effect on the settling aggregate is essential to the process, how does a contractor make that work?

Former Army Ranger Builds A Construction Company Employing Vets

Vet Embarks on Mission: to Build a CompanyRich Verdone is an Army Ranger veteran with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home. He’s now on a mission to build a construction company on a foundation of the skills and dedication of U.S. military veterans.

Preparing for the Pump: Working With Pressure-Applied Concrete

Large structure in a pool that was created by rebar and shotcrete techniques.Decorative shotcrete is catching on, and as with any decorative concrete technique, there’s a learning curve. Here, we cover mix design, prep work and more.

A Cementitious Dry Wall Mix by Flex-C-Ment

Cementitious dry mix for vertical carving of concrete or a concrete coating wall system by Flex-C-Ment.Flex-C-Ment Wall Mix is a cementitious dry mix designed specifically for deep wall textures, creating the appearance of various stone and brick patterns. It can be applied up to 2"-3" thick without sagging.

Meet a Creator of Simulated Environments Thom Hunt

Large white lion sculpture sits upon a concrete circle.With more than 30 years of experience as a professional artist — and a darn good one at that — Thom Hunt has worked his magic at more happy places on Earth than even Walt Disney could have imagined.

Online Community for Vertical Aficionados

Vertical carved concrete acts as an entry to a wine cellar.Vertical Artisans, launched in January 2008 at Verticalartisans. com, presents training videos and articles by experts. The site aims to offer a broader perspective than can be found at schools or training centers that, besides being bound by the limits of time and space, are often devoted to one manufacturer’s product line or one artisan’s techniques.

Public Work Exemplifies Mingling of Science, Engineering and Art

A visually striking public art project near the University of Simon Fraser in Vancouver, British Columbia, was the result of science and engineering intersecting, orchestrated by a concrete artisan who was skilled enough to make it happenA visually striking public art project near the University of Simon Fraser in Vancouver, British Columbia, was the result of science and engineering intersecting, orchestrated by a concrete artisan who was skilled enough to make it happen.

Monolithic, Minimalistic: Two Surfaces, One Canvas with Wall/Floor Concrete Finishes

Concrete floor that has a very minimal design with stains and concrete countertops.Imagine the convenience and versatility of a decorative concrete finish that can be applied to walls or floors.

Actually, it’s not a matter for the imagination. Such decorative finishes already exist.

Artistic Decorative Concrete in Public Works Projects

Frog designed from concrete stains.When a city, school or government chooses to spend a little extra money on decorative concrete, it demonstrates civic pride — and makes that lobby, city pool or roadside a little easier on the eyes.

Carved Concrete Animal Kingdom

Eagle sculpture formed from concreteWith initial experience as a concrete contractor, ironworker and plasterer, an artistic streak found ready expression using skills that were learned in the trades.

Monterey Hillside Bay-Colored Swimming Pool

Swimming pool by Tom Ralston overlooking the Monterey Bay.Imagine this: You own an estate in the California hills overlooking Monterey Bay. You are a lover of art and natural beauty. You want a swimming pool complex with a large concrete deck and pool house. You want it to accentuate the surrounding landscape and incorporate the feel of the bay, but you’re not sure how you want to achieve that. Who do you call?

Newly Renovated J. Paul Getty Museum Features Concrete Walls and More

A wall in the J. Paul Getty museum in gray has a modern look.The primary design focus of the five year renovation of the J. Paul Getty Museum was to modernize the existing museum, which is a replica of a Roman villa buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and breath new life using decorative concrete.

Additional "Tools" for the Concrete Faux Rock Trade

Best tools for concrete faux rocksIn general, if you work with concrete now, you likely have the tools you’ll need to create synthetic rocks, but here are a few items that might make the job a little easier.

Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

From Standard to Challenging: Custom Concrete Pervious Mix Elevates Project's Difficulty

When taking on pervious paving contracts, the San Diego-based contractor's mix design is typically accepted by clients following mock-up, as custom blends can significantly increase a project's difficulty.When taking on pervious paving contracts, the San Diego-based contractor’s mix design is typically accepted by clients following mock-up, as custom blends can significantly increase a project’s difficulty. Yet, there are always exceptions, with the most recent being the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Decorative Concrete Displays in Cabela's

Decorative concrete displays in Cabela'sCabela’s, a national retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, designs its stores with elaborate dioramas of outdoor scenes teeming with life. Besides taxidermists, artists and landscapers, the chain has come to rely on the talents of decorative concrete professionals to help bring these displays to life.

Artisans in Tennessee Carve Concrete Trees for Cabins

Cute concrete cabinAmerican Patriot Getaways in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the companies that rents cabins to vacationers who want to stay in “tree houses” in the Smoky Mountains.

Manufacturer Profile: Custom Rock International

Concrete in Cabela's stores has become a trademark.When decorative concrete is mentioned, typically we’re referring to the booming market in flat concrete. However, there are additional, more specialized niches in the decorative concrete arena: simulated rock formations, typically found in zoos, theme parks and more. Check out some examples in this article.

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