New KODIAK PRO Concrete Admixtures Now Available

If you’re like me, you are constantly striving to create the absolute best product possible, from a materials viewpoint as well as design. KODIAK PRO just released 2 new concrete admixtures that will up your concrete game.

The first is ‘BOOST’ - this admixture, used at the upper end of the loading rate, allows you to de-mold your pieces the same day in addition to improving the overall performance of your concrete. Dosed at the low end of the loading rate will increase hydration of your mix which reduces shrinkage and lowers permeability - both good things. Needless to say, if you’re casting concrete you should be adding BOOST.

The second admix is simply named ‘THE BEST PLASTICIZER’, and for good reason, it is the best plasticizer we have ever used. It comes in a powder form, it is extremely potent without retarding the mix as many other plasticizers will when dosed at higher rate. If you want the best concrete then you need to use THE BEST PLASTICIZER!

The next workshops have been scheduled for February 4-8, 2019


Great news! The next workshops have been scheduled and will be held February 4-8, 2019! We are going to teach our three most popular workshops - they sold out last time, and we anticipate they will again for this event, so if you want to attend register today.

The favored workshop for the majority of attendees is to attend all three workshops over the one week period, this is called the All-In Workshop. This route saves you money on travel expenses, time away from work and the family, and we offer a special reduced rate if you register for the All-In Workshop. We look forward to meeting you in February!

A recap of the September 2018 Workshops

We just finished conducting the September 2018 Concrete Design School Workshops and we had a great time getting to know an amazing group of people! We had several repeat attendees, which is always an honor, as well as new faces from all over the world, including India, Mexico, Finland, and Canada.

Several emails have come in asking when the next workshops will be scheduled, and we are working on setting the dates now. If you haven’t yet done so, sign up for email updates at the bottom of the homepage and you’ll be notified first. Now, without further ado, we present photos from the DustyCrete, Fabric-Forming + GFRC, and Post-Tensioned Concrete Workshops:

The September 2018 All-In Workshop & Fabric-Forming Workshop are SOLD OUT! You can still get into the Dusty-Crete and Post-Tensioning Workshop!


As anticipated the September 2018 'All-In Workshop' and 'Fabric-Forming Workshop' are officially SOLD-OUT! As of 8:00am this morning there is 1 seat available in the 'Dusty-Crete Workshop' and 'Post-Tensioning Workshop'. They won't last long so NOW is the time to register and book your travel arrangements, the class is in 1 week! See you in Eureka Springs. 

Dusty-Crete Workshop is now scheduled for September 2018, and we have a special Reduced Rate Workshop Package for all three classes!

Well, we went and did it - we scheduled our THREE MOST POPULAR CLASSES IN A ONE WEEK PERIOD! Do you know what this means?! You can fly out to the beautiful Ozark Mountains and in one trip learn our best practices, techniques, and hard lessons gleaned from over 70,000 hours of success and failure. This is unprecedented, we've never offered these three workshops back-to-back, so if you want to get in, get to getting, it's time to register! You can register for the Dusty-Crete Workshop here, or you can register for the All-In Workshop here. We look forward to seeing you in September.

Looking back at the May 2018 Workshops, and looking FORWARD to the September 2018 Workshops!

The May 2018 concrete training classes wrapped up a few weeks ago, and WOW, what an amazing group of talented folks! We had a great time getting to know everyone and the pieces they made in the workshops were top notch. Now that the May classes are in the books we are getting emails asking about the next class dates. Unfortunately we have a lot of projects in the queue at the GDCo./Hard Goods Studio, so the soonest dates we could lock in are:

September 17-18 / 2-Day Dusty-Crete Workshop

September 19 / 1-Day Post-Tensioned Concrete Workshop

September 20-21 / 2-Day Fabric-Forming + GFRC Sink Workshop

or, take ALL THREE in ONE WEEK:

September 17-21 / All-In Workshop

All three of these classes are extremely popular, and based on the number of emails we've received the training events will fill-up quickly. If you want to get in you need to register TODAY, not tomorrow! 

Over 1,000 Served!

Best training I ever had!
— Robert Aurner via Facebook

Since 2005 more than 1,000 Artisans have chosen to attend training workshops with Concrete Design School! There is a reason why so many have placed their trust in us when it comes to learning the Art of High-End Concrete. The Difference is Experience, Experience the Difference, register for a hands-on workshop today!

A recap of the March Workshops and looking towards the May Hands-On Workshops, which are Filling-Up Fast! Purchase Tickets Now!

We just wrapped training of the March Fabric-Forming + GFRC Workshop and the Post-Tensioned + Current Techniques Workshop. What an amazing group of people - we had attendees from all over the world including Venezuela, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kuwait, India, Dominican Republic, Canada, and from all around the United States! It is always an honor to have international attendees in our workshops, an investment we are humbled by. We conduct serious training events for folks that are serious about being the best in the concrete industry! Above are a few photos from the March classes. 


We are currently slated to hold the following 3 workshops in May:

2.5 Day DUSTY-CRETE WORKSHOP, MAY 10-12, 2018

2.5 Day Fabric-Forming + GFRC Workshop, May 14-16, 2018

1.5 Day Furniture Design Workshop, May 17-18, 2018

The classes are starting to fill-up, so if you're thinking about attending you should purchase tickets soon, our last classes sold-out!

2 New Concrete Workshops Scheduled for May 2018!

The March Workshops are nearly sold-out and we have been receiving inquiries as to the next workshop dates. We just scheduled the following two workshops this May at the Concrete Design School Headquarters in Eureka Springs, AR:

2.5 Day Fabric-Forming Concrete Sink + GFRC Workshop, May 14-16, 2018, Eureka Springs, AR
from 1,500.00
First Time Attendee or Alumni?:
Add To Cart



The March 2018 Concrete Workshops are CLOSE TO SELLING OUT!


As of the evening of Wednesday, February 14th, the following is the availability of the March Workshops:

DUSTYCRETE, March 8-10, Hurricane Mills, TN: 2 SEATS LEFT



Both Dusty and I have spoke with many folks that have said they are going to sign-up - the seats are on a first come, first served basis, so when they sell-out that is it until the next class. Don't miss your chance to get into the March classes, register today!

Camp during your next Concrete Design School Workshop in Eureka Springs


Are you the adventurous type that would prefer to sit by a campfire and sleep under the stars than stay in a motel? Great! There is a KOA Campground directly next door to Concrete Design School - you can literally walk through the woods to come to the workshop each day. They have tent sites, full hook-up RV sites, showers, laundry, and a swimming pool. You can bring your own camping gear, travel trailer, or RV, or you can rent basic camping gear from Concrete Design School.

  • $25 CDS Camping Gear Package No. 1: (x1) 2-Person Camping Tent, (x1) Freshly laundered Sleeping Bag and Pillow, (x1) Camp Chair*
  • $45 CDS Camping Gear Package No. 2: (x1) 2-Person Camping Tent, (x2) Freshly laundered Sleeping Bags and Pillows, (x2) Camp Chairs*

* The above pricing does not include the daily camping fee charged by the KOA, it is strictly gear rental. The Eureka Springs KOA offers special reduced rates for attendees of Concrete Design School workshops. 

Eureka Springs KOA, 15020 Highway 187 South, Eureka Springs, AR 72631 / (479) 253-8036

Dusty-Crete 2018 Workshop Announced!

That's a wrap for INCEPTION, and now we're looking towards March 2018!

The INCEPTION Training Event was an overwhelming success! We had attendees from all over the world - South Africa, Pakistan, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, and of course the United States. It was truly a pleasure having this diverse, talented, and enthusiastic group in our studio for a week. 

Now that INCEPTION has passed we have been receiving emails asking when our next workshops will be HELD. We have scheduled the following two classes at our Eureka Springs, AR headquarters:

2.5 Day Fabric-Forming Concrete Sink + GFRC Workshop, March 12-14, 2018, Eureka Springs, AR
from 1,500.00
First Time Attendee or Alumni?:
Add To Cart
1.5 Day Post-Tensioned Concrete + Current Techniques Workshop, March 15-16, 2018, Eureka Springs, AR
from 975.00
First Time Attendee or Alumni?:
Add To Cart

We will be scheduling a Dusty-Crete Workshop in Burns, TN and a workshop with Jon Schuler in Angels Camp, CA for the first quarter of 2018. Keep an eye on the website for the announcement of the dates. 

T-Minus 5 Weeks Until the Concrete Workshops!

I was a part of the class [that made the concrete bench in the photo above]. Learnt so much. If you are new to GFRC don’t buy anything till after your [CDS] workshop. You get a glimpse into a well run business. Looking forward to learning more.
— Steve Sousa (@stevesousa) via Instagram

We are 5 weeks out from the last three concrete workshops we will offer in 2017! This is the perfect time to register and book your travel accommodations to receive the best rates. Our November workshops have historically sold-out over the last decade, so if you're interested in attending one, two, or all three classes NOW is the time to enroll! Learn more and sign-up via the following links:

Or attend all three to receive special discounted pricing:

Concrete Is Hard / A Fundraiser for Dusty Baker


Dusty Baker is a great man. I've known Dusty for well over a decade and over that time he has not only become a trainer for Concrete Design School but a friend as well. Dusty was working on setting up his new shop when he slipped off of a 16' ladder and broke both of his heels. This is one of the worst injuries you can sustain, it happened to my father and it is a long road to recovery. Dusty is a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy; he's a loving husband, a doting father, and a proud veteran. He'd never ask for any help which is precisely why he deserves it more than most. CDS is sponsoring a GoFundMe Fundraiser for Dusty with a reward for donations of $100 or more, a Special Edition 'Concrete Is Hard' Dusty Baker Fundraiser T-Shirt. Please help however you can, no donation is too small, and please share, thank you!

The November Concrete Workshops are HALFWAY FILLED!

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.
— William Arthur Ward

Perhaps you've been waiting for the perfect moment to come along to attend a Concrete Design School hands-on workshop? There are no perfect moments, the only moment is now, the best opportunity is the one at hand. The good news is we are holding 3 amazing concrete workshops in November (aka "The Inception Training Event"). The bad news is they are already halfway filled! Don't let the sun set on your dreams of getting into the high-end decorative concrete trade, or expanding your current business, there is still time! 

Follow the links below to learn more and to register for your perfect workshop(s):

2.5 Day Fabric-Forming + GFRC Concrete Sink Workshop, November 5-7

2.5 Day Upright Casting Technique (UCT) Workshop for Sink with Jon Schuler, November 7-9

1.5 Day Furniture Design Workshop, November 10-11

or attend ALL THREE:

6.5 Day Inception Training Event, November 5-11

A Recap of Two Awesome Classes and Looking Forward to INCEPTION

Today was the final day of the Dusty-Crete Workshop, and the Fabric-Forming Concrete Sink + GFRC Workshop wrapped on Wednesday. Every class is great, and this one was no different - we had an amazing time getting to know the talented guys and gals that are the future of this industry. The solar eclipse path of totality passed over Nashville, and we missed 100% coverage by a few miles, but we took a break from training to enjoy the 99.7% coverage. 

If you would like to start a business in the decorative concrete industry or take your current concrete business to the next level, I would highly encourage you to attend the Inception Training Event being held November 5-11 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This special week of training features the following three back-to-back workshops:

Training opportunities like this don't come along every day, or every year for that matter, it's been a year since the last time we offered the Furniture Design Workshop. This is a rare chance to attend three in-depth and profound hands-on concrete workshops in a single week that could literally change your life for the better. If you are an entrepreneur that wants to be the best in your market, this is the training event you've been waiting for! 

INCEPTION, the Training Event of 2017 you don't want to miss!

The Inception Training Event, what is it?

It is the first series of workshops to be held at the new Concrete Design School headquarters located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

When is it?

We are holding 3 classes back-to-back November 5-11, 2017.

What classes are going to be available?

I’m glad you asked! We are holding our gold standard 2.5 Day Fabric-Forming Concrete Sink + GFRC Workshop, followed by the NEW! 2.5 Day Upright Casting Technique (UCT) Workshop for Sinks by Jon Schuler, and wrapping with the much anticipated 1.5 Day Furniture Design Workshop.

Why are the classes scheduled for November 5-11, 2017?

These workshops are scheduled as they are to make it as easy for you to travel and take time off. Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th, which means there is a good chance you will already have Friday the 10th off. This only requires four days of vacation time for 7 days of training, with travel on the weekends. Efficiency at its finest. 

How can I get in on this before it’s too late?

CLICK HERE to go to the Inception Training Event page where you can purchase tickets.

New Workshops Scheduled for August 2017!

The Dynamic Training Duo that is Brandon Gore and Dusty Baker have teamed up again to teach their respective industry leading workshops back-to-back! 

Brandon Gore will be conducting the premiere GFRC and Fabric-Forming Concrete Workshop August 21-23, 2017 at Dusty Baker's studio in Burns, TN. If you are new to concrete or are a seasoned veteran looking to expand your offerings, this is the class for you. Concrete sinks are evermore on-trend, and obtaining the skill-set to craft them at a master level is imperative to nurture this part of your business. Nearly every one of these workshops has sold-out over the last several years, so if you are wanting to get into concrete or refine your abilities, as they say - don't delay, sign-up today!

Dusty Baker is teaching his workshop on how to create his world class finish 'DustyCrete', August 24-26, 2017 in Burns, TN. Dusty is the preeminent expert on the art of pre-casting concrete to have a natural stone-like aesthetic that is at home in rustic decors as well as contemporary. The look he has developed is one of the most sellable (and profitable) finishes you can offer your customers. If you operate a concrete business anywhere on Earth, then you need to purchase tickets for this class NOW, like right now. 

And as always when we teach our two workshops in succession, we offer special reduced pricing for folks wanting to attend both classes, click here to learn more about the 'All-In Workshop Package.'