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. In October of 2005, Brandon conducted the worlds first class on the subject of creating concrete sinks and countertops using GFRC.
In 2006, Brandon began experimenting with using fabric to form sinks. The photo below shows the first fabric-formed concrete sink he made for a client.
With the gaining integration of GFRC, concrete and its forming methods were quickly evolving. Fabric-forming is still cutting edge, but in 2008 it was unheard-of. Brandon Gore taught the earliest class on the subject in November of 2008. Below is a photo of the sink created by the class.
Fabric-forming techniques continued evolving, and in August of 2011, Brandon Gore taught the first class on a new type of fabric-forming that he coined "FLOW Fabric-Forming." This method yielded free flowing shapes, as shown in the photo above left. And sometimes not so free-flowing shapes, as seen in the photo above right.
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 and innovation.