Concrete Design School

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CONCRETE DESIGN SCHOOL

As the saying goes, "a rising tide lifts all boats." Which is why our mission is to elevate the level of design, craftsmanship and visibility of high-end concrete. In order for concrete to be recognized as a premier artisanal material, it should be fashioned at a master level. By training professionals and those just learning the craft, we help artisans reach their full potential and benefit the industry as a whole – increasing the value of finely produced concrete in the process. 

Since 2005, more than 1,200 artisans have attended training workshops at Concrete Design School (C.D.S.). During this time, we have built a reputation for excellence in the industry, which is why so many have trusted us to teach the art of high-end concrete design. What sets us apart is experience, and we invite you to experience the difference. Register for a hands-on workshop today. 

A B O U T  C.D.S.

You’ll learn from craftsmen who are currently creating custom concrete pieces for high-end clientele. People who practice their trade daily will teach you the same techniques used to operate successful, award-winning concrete businesses. These workshops offer instruction on the latest techniques and insights in concrete design.

C.D.S.  I S  A  G O R E  D E S I G N  C O M P A N Y

If you’re going to spend money on a concrete class, shouldn’t someone currently making a living in concrete design and fabrication teach it? It has always been our goal to offer our attendees “tried and true” skills from qualified instructors that successfully run their own businesses. Our instructors innovate and master unique approaches through years of trial and error - client project after client project. That is the value in what they bring to the table and teach to every attendee of our workshops.

What sets our training apart is the relevance of our information. The school’s position under the GDCos. umbrella allows us to give you current, real-world knowledge of what it takes to make it in this profession today. 

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And we’ll show you how we do it, using products and techniques proven to work. 

T H E  S K I L L S

At C.D.S., our workshops focus on the following skills to help you reach the level of quality expected at the highest echelon of architecture and interior design: 





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ALL IN CONCRETE WORKSHOP

April 29, 2019 - May 3, 2019

We are offering special package pricing for those brave souls that wish to take THREE information-packed classes back-to-back. You know what the classes are but just in case you found this page by accident, you can read the class descriptions in the links below. If you follow our training you'll know two things:

1. We hold an extremely limited number of hands-on workshops per year, so they sell out fast.

2. We rarely hold classes in close succession so this is a rare opportunity for you to attend three amazing workshops, two of which are rarely offered, in a single week!


If you are serious about your trade, or you want to explore entering the concrete or design industry then this intensive workshop package is for you. Get over 70,000 hours of real world experience condensed into 50 hours. 

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES ACCESS TO THESE CLASSES

  • 2 Day Fabric-Forming Concrete Sink + GFRC Workshop, 4/29/19 - 4/30/19
  • 1 Day Furniture Design Workshop, 5/1/19
  • 2 Day Advanced Finishes + Upright Casting Workshop, 5/2/19 - 5/3/19
LOCATION
Concrete Design School is located at:
45 Bear Ridge Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72631
GPS Coordinates: 36.421726, -93.789226
COST
First-time Students: $4225
Alumni: $3870

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SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

5 days of training at the Concrete Design School Headquarters located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

These sessions are limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation

COST 

First-time Students: $4225

Alumni: $3870

You may be asking yourself, which ticket type should I purchase? If this is your first time attending a Concrete Design School Workshop you should choose the 'First Time Student' ticket. If you have previously taken part in a Concrete Design School class you should choose the 'Alumni' ticket, as we offer special reduced pricing to returning attendees as way of saying thank you for your continued support.

THE FINE PRINT

If you need to cancel, the course fee will not be refunded but the amount can be used towards a future Concrete Design School workshop. 

All participants will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with penalties for unauthorized disclosure of material. The methods and formulas taught during the class may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form. 

Concrete Design School reserves the right to change, modify or cancel the class schedule at any time.

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FABRIC-FORMING CONCRETE SINK + GFRC WORKSHOP

April 29, 2019 - April 30, 2019

THIS IS IT, the World Famous Fabric-Forming Concrete Sink + GFRC Workshop! Over the last decade we have taught, asked and listened to students, then refined and repeated countless times. All of that experience has led to this, the absolute best Fabric-Forming + GFRC Workshop that has ever been offered in the history of man. We should know, we have been teaching both subjects longer than anyone else!

Every student will receive a full-color 36 page course guide, packed with invaluable information and never-seen-before photographs! This course guide is not available for purchase to the general public. It is only available to students who enroll in this workshop.

Fabric-forming is the future of concrete, now. It is an amazing method that can be employed in the creation of custom sinks, planters, wall panels, fireplace surrounds, etc. There is much rationale backing fabric as the optimal material for creating forms, with the primary being that it creates a natural shape, a form that cannot be created any other way. We spend the first two days of your workshop creating a fabric-form from scratch. All processes are covered with a concentration on the nuances that can only be gained from years of experience. 

Once the form is completed, we continue on day two with GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete). We cover GFRC tools and equipment, materials, mix design, proper mix protocol, and most importantly, how we cast GFRC. In the evening the mould is removed and the piece created is revealed! At that point we finish the concrete, repair any imperfections, and discuss sealers and application methods. 

GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete) is the medium we choose to create our work with for several reasons. It is easier to manipulate than traditional concrete, it is lighter, and ultimately, GFRC creates a stronger finished piece. However, it is important to note that GFRC is not new, it has been used in exterior commercial pre-cast applications for more than 30 years in some of the harshest climates known to man. The material is sound. It is proven. 

Anything can be made more difficult than it needs to be, and left up to engineers, it is. We have striven to reduce our mix designs and techniques to be simple, repeatable and reliable so you can focus on the heart of the matter, and the reason you are interested in concrete; art, design, expanding horizons, and to shape the world around us with our own two hands.

We were the first company to train both fabric-forming and GFRC and are the long-leading experts in this emerging market segment. Our training is often imitated, but never duplicated; the pieces our attendees create are in a league of their own. You will not find cliche college’esque course numbers, bloated egos or erroneous claims of practical knowledge here. What you will find is the most passionate, creative and thorough training of fabric-forming and GFRC available anywhere - if this is what you’re looking for, welcome to your workshop.
LOCATION
Concrete Design School is located at:
45 Bear Ridge Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72631
GPS Coordinates: 36.421726, -93.789226
COST 
First-time Students: $1875
Alumni: $1500

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY


2 full days of training in the Concrete Design School Headquarters located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

These sessions are limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation

COST 


First-time Students: $1875

Alumni: $1500

You may be asking yourself, which ticket type should I purchase? If this is your first time attending a Concrete Design School Workshop you should choose the 'First Time Student' ticket. If you have previously taken part in a Concrete Design School class you should choose the 'Alumni' ticket, as we offer special reduced pricing to returning attendees as way of saying thank you for your continued support.


THE FINE PRINT


If you need to cancel, the course fee will not be refunded but the amount can be used towards a future Concrete Design School workshop. 


All participants will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with penalties for unauthorized disclosure of material. The methods and formulas taught during the class may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form. 


Concrete Design School reserves the right to change, modify or cancel the class schedule at any time.

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FURNITURE DESIGN WORKSHOP

may 1, 2019

We live in a world of imitation materials that are manufactured into disposable furniture by soulless machines. We have lost touch with what is real and long for furniture that bears the imperfections of the mortal hand, and ages as gracefully in time as we do. Furniture that is designed for humans living in a human world, and conceived with durability and longevity in mind. Furniture with the narrative that is was handmade by the owner. That is a rare thing in these modern times, and that is precisely the focus of this workshop.

In this 1-day class we will work together in teams to design and cast a piece of furniture. We will cover design criteria, the basics of concrete, tools and materials, form building, and how to properly and professionally cast, cure and finish concrete. 

It is extremely important to note that this class is an exploratory exercise. The purpose is to open your way of thinking in all aspects; furniture design, materials, and fabrication. Expect to fail, for through failure lies the answer. Failure is a fundamental aspect of knowledge, and one that we embrace wholeheartedly. Many of the workshop pieces turn out perfect, and many do not, but all have a lesson contained within. 

We highly recommend that you attend the 2 Day Fabric-Forming + GFRC Workshop if enrolling in this class as we spend very little time on the science of concrete and nearly all the class working on designing and building the furniture piece.

This class will be taught by Brandon Gore, founder of Gore Design Co. and Hard Goods, and a judge on the hit furniture design competition 'Framework.' The class will be held at his private studio in the Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, AR.

When it comes to training, no one has been teaching cutting-edge concrete longer than Brandon Gore. As with all things in life, you get what you pay for - good training isn't cheap and cheap training isn't good. Invest in yourself, enroll in this workshop today before it is sold out and you spend the rest of your days lamenting what could've been had you only taken this class.
LOCATION
Concrete Design School is located at:
45 Bear Ridge Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72631
GPS Coordinates: 36.421726, -93.789226
COST 
First-time Students: $1200
Alumni: $975

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

1 day of training at the Concrete Design School Headquarters located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

These sessions are limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation

COST 

First-time Students: $1200

Alumni: $975

You may be asking yourself, which ticket type should I purchase? If this is your first time attending a Concrete Design School Workshop you should choose the 'First Time Student' ticket. If you have previously taken part in a Concrete Design School class you should choose the 'Alumni' ticket, as we offer special reduced pricing to returning attendees as way of saying thank you for your continued support.

THE FINE PRINT

If you need to cancel, the course fee will not be refunded but the amount can be used towards a future Concrete Design School workshop. 

All participants will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with penalties for unauthorized disclosure of material. The methods and formulas taught during the class may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form. 

Concrete Design School reserves the right to change, modify or cancel the class schedule at any time.

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Advanced Finishes + Upright Casting workshop with John Schuler

May 2, 2019 - May 3, 2019

In today’s modern age of casting most concrete artisans have forgotten, or worse yet, never learned the fundamentals of manipulating concrete using simple hand tools to control the very nature of the material, hereinafter referred to as 'Upright Casting'. Upright Casting plainly explained is the process of crafting and processing concrete goods right-side-up, in it's final state, instead of upside-down against a form. This difference allows an infinite variety of creative options not available with common casting methods. These techniques date back more than 2,000 years and were utilized by the Romans in the creation of their masterpieces. Modern technologies have blinded the current craftsman to the inherent beauty that makes concrete "concrete", the 'soul of the substance' if you will. A simple and subtle shift in finishing techniques can yield drastically different aesthetics ranging from modern to rustic. 

In this workshop Jon Schuler will teach you how to produce multiple finishes, embodying each piece with the mark of it's maker, in the truest sense. You will learn how every aspect of the mix, from design, to casting and curing, impress a signature on the final surface. We will meld ancient tooling and casting techniques with the worlds most technically advanced concrete mix designs. Upright Casting, using the most rudimentary of tools, offers your customers a myriad of finishes that will not only increase the demand for your products, but the value as well. We will demystify the process, simplify the complexities, and teach you how to take command of your medium. 

WORKSHOP TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

  • Form building from an Upright Casting point of view
  • How to craft a handmade sink using Upright Casting techniques
  • ICT Reactive Sealer application
  • Acid washing concrete
  • Use of orbital sanding techniques to achieve and finesse final finishes
  • Proper methods of grinding and sanding utilizing dry diamonds

Attendees of this class will craft a minimum of 3 distinctive finishes. The workshop format is exploratory, allowing each individual to find their own design voice - aesthetics that resonate with them and their demographic. The simple hand tools employed include floats, trowels, and even your own hands! The sequence and manipulation of these tools and techniques are the secret sauce needed to boost your confidence, advance your offerings, and expand your earnings. Join us for knowledge, inspiration, and the most fun you can have while mastering a lost art!
LOCATION
Concrete Design School is located at:
45 Bear Ridge Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72631
GPS Coordinates: 36.421726, -93.789226
COST 
First-time Students: $1975
Alumni: $1600

Purchase Tickets Now

SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

2 full days of training in the Concrete Design School Headquarters located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

These sessions are limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation

COST 

First-time Students: $1975

Alumni: $1600

You may be asking yourself, which ticket type should I purchase? If this is your first time attending a Concrete Design School Workshop you should choose the 'First Time Student' ticket. If you have previously taken part in a Concrete Design School class you should choose the 'Alumni' ticket, as we offer special reduced pricing to returning attendees as way of saying thank you for your continued support.

THE FINE PRINT

If you need to cancel, the course fee will not be refunded but the amount can be used towards a future Concrete Design School workshop. 

All participants will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with penalties for unauthorized disclosure of material. The methods and formulas taught during the class may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form. 

Concrete Design School reserves the right to change, modify or cancel the class schedule at any time.

CONSULTING


Private consulting is available for customized training or assistance with a project you are working on. Consulting is a great option for individuals or companies that are unable to attend a Concrete Design School workshop or that require more advanced guidance. The information is geared specifically to the topic(s) that require attention.

Example subjects include but are not limited to: traditional fabric-forming, FLOW fabric-forming, inflated fabric-forming, GFRC, post-tensioned concrete, rubber mold making, furniture design, concrete floor and overlay polishing and sealing, concrete floor acid-staining, using pumps for large scale concrete production, crating, shop layout, and sales and marketing. 

Consulting can be conducted at our studio in Eureka Springs, AR, Hurricane Mills, TN, or Murphy's, CA, or we can travel to you. We offer consulting services all over the world, we will trek to any location.

C O S T

We tailor private consulting to meet your needs. We offer two tiers of trainers to best suite your requirements:

  • Tier 1 Trainers / Brandon Gore, Dusty Baker, and Jon Schuler: Daily rate of $1,950 per day, per trainer, plus travel expenses if the training is conducted at your facility. 


  • Tier 2 Trainers / Chuck Fournier, Noel Moniot, Sean Hunter, and Joseph Crickett: Daily rate of $885 per day, per trainer, plus travel expenses.

L E G A L

All participants will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement with penalties for unauthorized disclosure of material. The methods and formulas taught during the consultation may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form.

Concrete Design School

HISTORY

Concrete Design School is the continuation and progression of training workshops that Brandon Gore of Gore Design Co. and Hard Goods begun in 2005. At that time GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete) was in its infancy of being utilized in the application of concrete sinks and countertops. Training was not available then, it was all trial and error. 





Our training has continued at a steady pace since 2005. Over that period of time the techniques, materials, tools and the methods of teaching them have been refined. With the launch of Concrete Design School we hope to continue to lead the advancement of the craft of concrete. We will do so with the help of our industry partners, associate trainers and the continual progression of excellence that can only be gained through sustained hard work and innovation. 

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