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. 

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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APEX CONCRETE WORKSHOP

OCTOBER 7, 2019 - OCTOBER 9, 2019

We’ve been teaching concrete enthusiasts for a long time - nearly 15 years now, and that has resulted in a lot of conversations. The APEX Concrete Workshop is a result of those discussions. 



What we’ll focus on in this workshop:



Post-Tensioned Concrete: Post-tensioning concrete is a great solution for concrete pieces that will have long unsupported spans - think massive dining tables and modern benches. We will work as a class to build a form for and cast a post-tensioned piece.

Rubber Mold-Making: Being able to create your own rubber molds is the Swiss Army Knife of concrete skills! We are constantly crafting custom rubber components, whether they be for drain or faucet knockouts, integral drainboards and soap-dishes, or custom objects such as planters. This is by far one of the most requested topics from workshop attendees, so if you want to learn how to make rubber molds for concrete applications, this is your class.

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.

Course Outline:

Day 1 A.M.:
  • Introduction to post-tensioning principles, and when to utilize the method
  • Creating the mold for the post-tensioned piece
  • How to properly place and orient the post-tensioning steel
  • GFRC Mix Design
  • Mix and cast the post-tensioned piece
Day 1 P.M.:
  • Introduction to rubber mold-making and types of rubber
  • Each participant will construct their own mold, the afternoon will be spent doing this
Day 2 A.M.:
  • Post-tensioned piece mold removal
  • Concrete processing
  • Business Discussion
Day 2 P.M.:
  • Rubber mold construction continues
Day 3 A.M.:
  • Concrete Sealers, what works in the real world and what doesn’t
  • How to properly seal concrete
  • Business Discussion
Day 3 P.M.:
  • Rubber mold reveal
  • Presentation of behind-the-scenes photos of complex forms
  • How to approach different pieces, from simple to complex
  • Final question and answer
  • Hugs and kisses

This will be the last workshop Brandon will conduct for 2019, so if you want to start 2020 with a fresh outlook and skillset, register today and we’ll see you in Eureka Springs! 
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: $2400
Alumni: $1920

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

3 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: $2400

Alumni: $1920

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

NO DATES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - PLEASE REGISTER FOR OUR NEWSLETTER TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE NEXT CLASS IS SCHEDULED

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: $2400
Alumni: $1920

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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dusty-crete workshop

NO DATES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - PLEASE REGISTER FOR OUR NEWSLETTER TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE NEXT CLASS IS SCHEDULED

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. 
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 at the Concrete Design School headquarters in Eureka Springs, AR

These sessions are limited to 20 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation

COST 

First-time Student: $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.

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Advanced Finishes + Upright Casting workshop with John Schuler

NO DATES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE - PLEASE REGISTER FOR OUR NEWSLETTER TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE NEXT CLASS IS SCHEDULED

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
  • QUANTUM 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 20 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, real world experience, and innovation. 

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