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 1,400 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. 

ABOUT 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. IS A GORE DESIGN COMPANY


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. 

Every day we …  


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

THE SKILLS


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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FALL 2021

PINNACLE CONCRETE CAMP

NOVEMBER 1-6, 2021


The 6-day Pinnacle Concrete Camp features our premiere topics from trainers Brandon Gore, Dusty Baker, and Jon Schuler, but also places an emphasis on camaraderie with our concrete compeers. Time is set aside for socializing around fire pits in the evening, as the lifelong friendships formed in our classes are as valuable as the training itself. The first Pinnacle Concrete Camp has already happened, photos of that event are in the slideshow above, the next event is scheduled for:


PINNACLE CONCRETE CAMP / FALL: NOVEMBER 1-6, 2021

Additionally, we have increased the training discount for Alumni to 50% OFF! We value our past attendees and love seeing them again, so this is our way of saying 'thank you' and offering increased value to the CDS family. 


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. 


GFRC - Mix, Casting, and Finishing: We will share our GFRC mix design, blending protocol, casting processes, and how to properly finish your concrete masterpiece. 15 years of trials and tribulations distilled down to what works - we learned the hard way what not to do, so you don't have to. 

The Business of Running a Successful Concrete Business: If you do something that isn't profitable it's a hobby. You can't pay your mortgage with a hobby. Knowing how to work with concrete is only half of the battle, we'll share with you what has worked for us when it comes to selling and marketing high-end concrete. How to approach pricing, what you should do, and most importantly, how to avoid the pitfalls that will cost you money. Through your time at this workshop you will have access to Brandon Gore's years of concrete fabrication and design experience, and his working knowledge as a professional self-supporting concrete artisan.

This class will be taught by Brandon Gore, founder of Gore Design Co. and Hard Goods, and a judge on the 2015 furniture design competition 'Framework.' The class will be held at his private studio in the Ozark Mountains of Eureka Springs, AR.


DAY 3 & 4

DUSTY-CRETE WORKSHOP

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:


  • Form building from an Upright Casting point of view
  • Kodiak Pro QUANTUM 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
45 Bear Ridge Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72631
GPS Coordinates: 36.421726, -93.789226
COST
First-Time Attendee: $4500
Alumni: $2250

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SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

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

These sessions are limited to 30 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation

CORONAVIRUS POLICY

It is our sincere hope that the coronavirus will have subsided and travel will be back to normal by the time this class is scheduled to take place. If you register for this class and travel restrictions are still in effect as the date draws near, we will reschedule the workshop and move you to the new date. If for any reason the new class date does not work for you, you will be given a full credit for the funds paid that can be used towards any future workshop or for product. 

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. Training is available at a daily rate of $1,950, per trainer, plus travel expenses if the training is conducted at your facility.

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, real world experience, and innovation. 

Concrete Design School class photo from a fabric forming and gfrc sink workshop
Mixing Buddy Rhodes ECC in a concrete countertop workshop
Dusty Baker torching concrete countertop
The Concrete Design School studio space
Concrete training class attendees hand packing concrete for a countertop
Post tensioned concrete and furniture design workshop class photo
Dusty Baker teaching how to seal concrete countertops with QUANTUM reactive sealer
Dusty Baker demonstrating how to create DustyCrete
Concrete Design School attendee learning the ultimate in gfrc countertops and sinks
Brandon Browning torching sealer on a concrete sink in a class
Concrete workshop attendee learning how to properly mix GFRC for concrete sinks and countertops
Sean Hunter at a Concrete Design School class in California

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