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 1,400 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.
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.
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.
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:
NOVEMBER 1-6, 2021
WORKSHOP DETAILS AND SCHEDULE:
DAY 1 & 2
FURNITURE DESIGN WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR: BRANDON GORE
WHAT WE'LL FOCUS ON IN THIS WORKSHOP:
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 2-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.
DAY 3 & 4
INSTRUCTOR: DUSTY BAKER
Students attending my workshop will gain extensive knowledge turning regular concrete into a beautifully marbleized natural piece of art. We will be demonstrating a casting technique I have developed and perfected over the last 11 years. Our custom look uses the imperfections as part of the details that we call "Dusty-Crete." During the workshop students will learn in-depth instruction on how to marbleize and vein concrete. Instruction on how to form concrete for unique edgings including carved and tooled. In addition, we will be teaching various finishing techniques such as slurrying, scrubbing, and buffing. Last but not least, our latest uses for color enhancement using water-based stain products and how to properly seal with the QUANTUM sealing system.
With the techniques that are taught by our artisans, students will be able to create a uniquely custom concrete product with a modern or rustic look. If you want something different, unique, and individualized to each piece of concrete, look no further than attending a workshop with the artisans of Stone-Crete.
DAY 5 & 6
ADVANCED FINISHES + UPRIGHT CASTING WORKSHOP
INSTRUCTOR: JON SCHULER
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:
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, real world experience, and innovation.