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Concrete countertops and sinks are a lot of fun to make, but concrete veterans often time struggle with staying excited. They get stuck in a rut and lose sight of the magic that comes from creativity and design. How can experienced concrete craftsmen stay motivated and enthusiastic? One way is attending a training course at Concrete Design School. Learning a new method or approach can reignite passion.

Our GFRC, fabric-forming and concrete countertop and sink training classes are different than our competitors in two significant ways.

The first is actual real-world experience. It's not about what you used to do 10 or 20 years ago, it's what you do today. We have operated two successful concrete business for over a decade and continue to do so today. We weathered the economic downturns and remained in business when others closed shop, not because we were lucky but because we were proficient professionals. No other trainer or training program offers more insight and experience in the business of fabricating, sealing, marketing and selling high-end concrete components than Concrete Design School. 

Secondly, design. Unlike other concrete training programs that make the same redundant and uninspired pieces in each class, we focus on design. Design is critical to make it in this business and it plays a major role in our concrete training. Every GFRC and fabric-forming workshop makes a completely unique and first-rate concrete sink. 

Get your concrete mojo back. Get energized. Get the best training available - Concrete Design School. 

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Interested in learning more about GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete), also known as GRC in Europe? You are at the right spot, the pro's at Concrete Design School have been teaching the subject longer than anyone else and have the most real-world experience with its use in concrete countertops and concrete sinks. Learn more about training workshops today, www.ConcreteDesignSchool.com #gfrc   #concretecountertops   #concretesinks  #concretetraining

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Size matters, doesn’t it? Bigger IS better. We all know this is so. You’re a real concrete artisan and you’ve just used real concrete to make the biggest concrete counter you’ve ever seen. Now it’s sitting in its form with all its promise, size, and weight. All it now needs is to get out of its form, and get sent into the world.  

So, how will that be done? The thing is heavier than a bull with rigor mortis, worth more than a working Jensen Interceptor, more delicate than a Faberge Egg, and your client has let it be known how disappointed she has become with all her other contractors. You alone will not disappoint her.

This class is about material handling. It is intended for the aspirational craftsman who is not afraid to bite off more than he can chew. We will de-mold, deliver and install an object that weighs over a ton. We will use materials often found around the shop to do this. We will build simple machines designed to make de-molding a large object worry-free. We will extend these concepts to conduct a delivery that will turn an odious responsibility into the defining event for any construction project.

After this workshop, size will still matter. And that matter will be yours to control.

SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

2 full days of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 12 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

December 5, 2014 - December 6, 2014
COST 

First-time Students: $1350
Alumni: $1080

#concrete   #concretecountertops   #concretesinks   #concretecountertop   #concretesink   #gfrc   #grc   #concretedesignschool   #concreteclass   #concretetraining   #concreteworkshop  

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AT SOME POINT IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CONCRETE CAREER YOU’RE GOING TO REALIZE YOU NEED A BIGGER HAMMER; IN OUR CASE THE BIGGER HAMMER IS A CONCRETE PUMP. 

Employing a concrete pump opens up a host of casting options that offer the following:

Increased Productivity - The number of parts that you are able to cast in a day is far more than what you would be able to form using hand placement methods. 
Cost Savings - Two men using a pump are the equivalent of four to five skilled laborers.
Higher Quality - The finish of parts cast using a concrete pump is far superior to traditional casting methods, greatly reducing or completely eliminating post cast repairs. 
Consistency - Hand laying concrete is inconsistent at best. Harnessing the power of pumped concrete can help achieve more consistent parts. 
The methods we will teach you in this class exploit several casting techniques using a concrete pump, some pioneered by Gore Design Co. that are not known or utilized by any other company. Because of this we cannot delve any further into what the methods are. Suffice to say, they are game changers. 

If you have a project on the horizon that requires 10+ of the exact same item, or that are large and/or complex, you should definitely consider attending this workshop.

If you are not familiar with building complex molds using rubber and fiberglass, we highly recommend you attend our Advanced Mold Making for Concrete & GFRC Workshop as well. We have scheduled the Advanced Mold Making Class to directly precede this class to make it easier and more cost-effective to attend both. 

Students of this class will be eligible to purchase our specially produced concrete pump at a discounted rate during the workshop.

 SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

1.5 days of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 12 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
March 7, 2015 - March 8, 2015
COST 

First-time Students: $1500
Alumni: $1200

#concrete #concretecountertops #concretesinks #concretecountertop #concretesink #gfrc #grc #concretedesignschool #concreteclass #concretetraining #concreteworkshop 

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AT SOME POINT IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CONCRETE CAREER YOU’RE GOING TO REALIZE YOU NEED A BIGGER HAMMER; IN OUR CASE THE BIGGER HAMMER IS A CONCRETE PUMP. 

Employing a concrete pump opens up a host of casting options that offer the following:

Increased Productivity - The number of parts that you are able to cast in a day is far more than what you would be able to form using hand placement methods. 
Cost Savings - Two men using a pump are the equivalent of four to five skilled laborers.
Higher Quality - The finish of parts cast using a concrete pump is far superior to traditional casting methods, greatly reducing or completely eliminating post cast repairs. 
Consistency - Hand laying concrete is inconsistent at best. Harnessing the power of pumped concrete can help achieve more consistent parts. 
The methods we will teach you in this class exploit several casting techniques using a concrete pump, some pioneered by Gore Design Co. that are not known or utilized by any other company. Because of this we cannot delve any further into what the methods are. Suffice to say, they are game changers. 

If you have a project on the horizon that requires 10+ of the exact same item, or that are large and/or complex, you should definitely consider attending this workshop.

If you are not familiar with building complex molds using rubber and fiberglass, we highly recommend you attend our Advanced Mold Making for Concrete & GFRC Workshop as well. We have scheduled the Advanced Mold Making Class to directly precede this class to make it easier and more cost-effective to attend both. 

Students of this class will be eligible to purchase our specially produced concrete pump at a discounted rate during the workshop.

 SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

1.5 days of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 12 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

October 25, 2014 - October 26, 2014
March 7, 2015 - March 8, 2015
COST 

First-time Students: $1500
Alumni: $1200

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Unbridled enthusiasm for DIY home improvement projects abound with the cornucopia of TV shows offering 3 minute soundbites on how to remodel your home. The reality is that most folks going into a DIY concrete countertop or sink project are grossly underprepared. Mixing and pouring concrete for a posthole is night and day different than casting a concrete countertop or concrete sink. 

MY FIRST RECOMMENDATION IS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL CONCRETE CRAFTSMAN TO CREATE YOUR PRODUCT. IF THAT IS NOT AN OPTION AND YOU ARE INTENT ON DOING THIS YOURSELF, THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU TAKE THIS CLASS. 

There are some great books on the subject, and videos are nice, but if you strike out on your own with only those resources you are nearly guaranteed to achieve less than desirable results that will lead you to either give up or re-cast. And potentially re-cast again and again. Materials for forming and casting good quality concrete aren’t cheap, and there is nothing more valuable than your time. Believe me when I tell you this class will pay for itself with the money you will save by not making catastrophic mistakes. 

I have been a professional craftsman in the decorative concrete for more than 35,000 hours. It is said that it takes 10,000 hours in any trade to become a master, so by that rationale I am 3.5 times master status; but the truth is I am just hitting my stride. Concrete is an infuriatingly beautiful material that takes much time and patience to become adept at. Will I be able to teach you how to create high-level professional concrete countertops and sinks in a 1 day class? No, that is not the goal of this workshop. The objective is to show you a very simple system for casting beautiful concrete countertops and bathroom sinks yourself. 

WE WILL COVER:

The fundamentals of concrete, what is good concrete and what is bad concrete
Tools and equipment required, with a DIY’er in mind
Professional concrete ingredients and where you can source them
How to build a simple countertop form and sink form
How to mix and cast concrete
How to properly cure concrete
How to de-mold and finish concrete
And lastly, and maybe most important, how to effectively seal concrete
Be prepared for a fast-paced, hands-on class that will endow you with a greater appreciation of craftsmanship and concrete, and will leave you in a much better position to cast your own project with great results. 

 SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

1 full day of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 15 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

September 27, 2014
COST 

$600

#concrete #concretecountertops #concretesinks #concretecountertop #concretesink #gfrc #grc #concretedesignschool #concreteclass #concretetraining #concreteworkshop 

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Creating complex and detailed molds is 90% of the skill-set required to cast amazing concrete products. Concrete is formless, you have to give it shape, and that is the focus of this class, crafting a functional and/or sculptural object where there was none before.

There are many things to consider when deciding how to approach a mold - what materials to utilize and the method of casting being just a couple. We will thoroughly cover all aspects of mold making options, from rubber to fiberglass. Over the course of 2.5 days, each student will make their own intricate rubber and fiberglass mold that they will be able to take home with them to cast concrete into. 

This workshop is strictly focused on mold-making in relation to the concrete industry, we will not be casting concrete. Attendees should be familiar with the basics of concrete before enrolling in this class. 

If you are interested in a hands-on workshop that teaches rubber and fiberglass techniques, your ship has come in!

Please note, this class directly precedes the 1.5-Day Advanced Concrete Casting using Pumps Workshop. This is by design. The techniques gained in this class apply to the techniques taught in the pump class, and vice versa. If you enroll in this class you may want to consider attending the pump workshop as you have already invested in travel expenses and time away - food for thought. 

SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

2.5 full days of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 12 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

October 22, 2014 - October 24, 2014
March 4, 2015 - March 6, 2015
COST 

First-time Students: $1555
Alumni: $1245

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Creating complex and detailed molds is 90% of the skill-set required to cast amazing concrete products. Concrete is formless, you have to give it shape, and that is the focus of this class, crafting a functional and/or sculptural object where there was none before.

There are many things to consider when deciding how to approach a mold - what materials to utilize and the method of casting being just a couple. We will thoroughly cover all aspects of mold making options, from rubber to fiberglass. Over the course of 2.5 days, each student will make their own intricate rubber and fiberglass mold that they will be able to take home with them to cast concrete into. 

This workshop is strictly focused on mold-making in relation to the concrete industry, we will not be casting concrete. Attendees should be familiar with the basics of concrete before enrolling in this class. 

If you are interested in a hands-on workshop that teaches rubber and fiberglass techniques, your ship has come in!

Please note, this class directly precedes the 1.5-Day Advanced Concrete Casting using Pumps Workshop. This is by design. The techniques gained in this class apply to the techniques taught in the pump class, and vice versa. If you enroll in this class you may want to consider attending the pump workshop as you have already invested in travel expenses and time away - food for thought. 

SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

2.5 full days of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 12 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

October 22, 2014 - October 24, 2014
March 4, 2015 - March 6, 2015
COST 

First-time Students: $1555
Alumni: $1245

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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 40 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, or have attended a Fabric-Forming + GFRC class at Gore Design Co. 

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, technique when applying GFRC. On day three 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.

 SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

2.5 full days of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 12 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

August 22, 2014 - August 24, 2014
November 14, 2014 - November 16, 2014
January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015
This class fills up quickly! If you’re thinking about taking this workshop don’t sit on the fence too long.

COST 

First-time Students: $1555*
Alumni: $1245*
*By attending this workshop you will receive a $250 gift certificate for Blue Concrete Products, essentially bringing the cost of the class for first-time students to just $1305, and $995 for Alumni!

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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 40 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, or have attended a Fabric-Forming + GFRC class at Gore Design Co. 

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, technique when applying GFRC. On day three 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.

 SESSION TIME AND CAPACITY

2.5 full days of training in our Tempe, AZ Studio
These sessions are limited to 12 participants to ensure hands-on learning and class participation
WORKSHOP DATES

August 22, 2014 - August 24, 2014
November 14, 2014 - November 16, 2014
January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015
This class fills up quickly! If you’re thinking about taking this workshop don’t sit on the fence too long.

COST 

First-time Students: $1555*
Alumni: $1245*
*By attending this workshop you will receive a $250 gift certificate for Blue Concrete Products, essentially bringing the cost of the class for first-time students to just $1305, and $995 for Alumni!
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