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Concrete art and design to make the space around you epic. I fell in love with concrete a couple years ago. I was remodeling my house and investigating materials for countertops when I came across a book by some guys that were making incredible concrete countertops. At the time, I had a small tile company and had set a few shower pans, but the thought of tackling concrete countertops was daunting. I knew little about forming, nothing about reinforcement and was useless with a trowel (I still am). The thought of getting it wrong and having this horrible blob of concrete in my kitchen was terrifying. So I went with granite, my courtship of concrete was going to have to be postponed.

A year ago, I was reintroduced to the idea of design through concrete and decided to take the plunge. There were several developments in concrete technology regarding reinforcement and curing that struck me as a…

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  • Born on October 22
  • Joined August 21, 2011

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concrete, steel, wood, wool, linen, iron, copper, burlap

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Concrete art and design to make the space around you epic. I fell in love with concrete a couple years ago. I was remodeling my house and investigating materials for countertops when I came across a book by some guys that were making incredible concrete countertops. At the time, I had a small tile company and had set a few shower pans, but the thought of tackling concrete countertops was daunting. I knew little about forming, nothing about reinforcement and was useless with a trowel (I still am). The thought of getting it wrong and having this horrible blob of concrete in my kitchen was terrifying. So I went with granite, my courtship of concrete was going to have to be postponed.

A year ago, I was reintroduced to the idea of design through concrete and decided to take the plunge. There were several developments in concrete technology regarding reinforcement and curing that struck me as a simplification of all the scary stuff that I dreaded. I watched several videos, asked probing questions of pros in online concrete forums and decided to order materials and set up shop. After several disasters and a couple wins, I have realized that you take what you get with concrete. What I mean to say is that you can treat it right, follow all the proper steps, heck, even take it out to dinner and buy it nice things, but concrete is a wild material that will do whatever it wants.

To love concrete is to learn patience (and boy am I learning), to accept whatever outcome it gives you, and to appreciate the hairline cracks and whatever other imperfections become of it. You see, unlike materials that are made to be perfect and flawless, concrete grows character with use and like wine, gets better with age. It is a medium that is limited only by one's imagination. Everything's Possible In Concrete, just as Everything's Possible In Christ! That's EPIC.

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