Have you heard the saying that, ‘a rising tide lifts all boats?’ That is something we believe to be true. For concrete to reach an ever broadening market segment and be received and regarded as one of, if not the premier artisanal materials, concrete must be fashioned at a master level. This is the intent of our training; to elevate the level of design and craftsmanship of professional and aspiring professionals so that the potential and value of finely produced concrete can be realized, benefiting all involved in this industry. 


THE DIFFERENCE IS EXPERIENCE

For the last decade we have spent every day creating custom concrete pieces for high-end clientele. Our primary business is running two successful concrete businesses - this is what makes our workshops different and relevant. 

EVERYDAY

  • We quote client projects

  • We get our hands dirty mixing and casting concrete

  • We finish and seal using products and techniques that work 

  • We crate, ship and deliver products

  • We run two successful businesses doing what we teach

If you are going to spend money on a class you should learn the most up-to-date techniques and insights. What sets our training apart is the relevance of our information. We operate two successful and award-winning concrete businesses and have the current, real-world experience and knowledge needed to teach you what it takes to make it in this profession today - when it's all said and done, isn’t that what matters most?


WORKSHOPS FOR THE MODERN CONCRETE CRAFTSMAN

Concrete Design School offers the most valid and preeminent training available anywhere. We teach the skills required to achieve the results expected at the highest echelon of architecture and interior design.

Our Workshops Focus On:

  • Design: We create a unique piece in every class, we never make the same thing twice. Additionally, we discuss ways you can develop and improve your own individual and marketable style.
  • Tools: The advancement of tooling used in the manufacture of concrete is rapid - we use the most cutting-edge tools in our workshops.
  • Materials: What we use for client work today is different than what we used a year ago. We'll cover the current materials for the best performing concrete - the same we use for our projects.
  • Methods: The methods used to create high-end custom concrete is paramount, and no other training program has more real-world experience than us. 
  • Business Practices: Proven processes for operating a successful concrete business.

FABRIC-FORMING CONCRETE SINKS + GFRC / 2.5 DAY CLASS

Fabric-forming and GFRC (glass-fiber reinforced concrete) are two topics we are passionate about. We introduced GFRC concrete countertops and sinks to the industry in 2005 when we taught the very first class on the subject. In 2008 we shook things up again by teaching the first workshop on fabric-forming for concrete sinks and countertops.

A lot has changed since our first classes on these subjects, but what hasn’t changed is that you will be taught the most current methods and materials in our workshops. If you are interested in mastering fabric-forming and/or GFRC, this is the class for you. Invest in yourself, invest in your company, and learn from the preeminent pioneers of fabric-formed concrete and GFRC for concrete sinks and countertops.


ADVANCED MOLD MAKING FOR CONCRETE & GFRC / 2.5 DAY CLASS

We have been teaching artisans in the ways of fine concrete for nearly a decade. In every class we have discussed advanced mold making techniques for concrete and GFRC, but there was never enough time to experience the process first-hand. This class aims to change that.

Spend 2.5 days with us learning how to create advanced custom rubber and fiberglass forms specifically for use in concrete and GFRC. The methods we will cover are pertinent to constructing molds for concrete sinks, concrete fireplace surrounds, concrete tile, concrete furniture, and much more.


ADVANCED CONCRETE CASTING USING PUMPS / 1.5 DAY CLASS

This workshop is for seasoned professionals looking to take their business to the next level with cutting edge casting techniques that utilize pumped concrete. This is not a form building workshop, this is a casting technique workshop. You will learn cutting edge processes, some pioneered by Gore Design Co. and are not known or utilized by any other company, to create near perfect concrete products using GFRC and UHPC (ultra high performance concrete). The name of the game is concrete surface quality out of the mold and high production, and we are holding a royal flush.


HOW TO TRANSPORT HEAVY CONCRETE / 2 DAY CLASS

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges with large scale work is not the casting, but rather the flipping, transportation and placement. We have all been there - we've accepted a project for the largest piece in our career and then the dread sets in. You have never created anything so massive, so you do not have a frame of reference of how to tackle the logistics post-cast. This is where Michael Karmody comes in. He is widely known for his large scale work, and among the concrete industry he is known for his prowess in moving said work. This is your chance to learn from a legend. Don't wait, this premiere class will surely fill up quick!


WEEKEND WARRIOR / 1-DAY CLASS

Are you an adventurous homeowner who is considering undertaking a concrete home improvement project? Perhaps you have seen a TV show where the host helps craft concrete countertops all the while remarking how easy it is, but somewhere in the depths of your soul you know this not to be true? Then this one day class is for you. We will show you how to form a basic concrete countertop and sink, the tools and ingredients you'll need, how to properly mix and cast concrete, as well as curing, finishing and sealing. Sure, you could buy a book or watch some online videos, but you'll spend far more than the price of this class with trial and error. Form materials and concrete ingredients cost money and you know your time is valuable. Attend this class to greatly increase your odds of only having to cast your project once.