I was born into a strong tradition of building, as a fourth generation craftsman. Dating back to my great grandfather the habits and quality, integrity and attention to detail have always been of the utmost importance. From a very young age I can remember going to the job site with my dad and “banging nails”.
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I was born into a strong tradition of building, as a fourth generation craftsman. Dating back to my great grandfather the habits and quality, integrity and attention to detail have always been of the utmost importance. From a very young age I can remember going to the job site with my dad and “banging nails”. He would give me a piece of wood with a bunch of nails set in it and I would hammer them all in. He probably knew back then that building/creating was what I would do, I was just having fun smacking nails with a hammer. Years later I am still that little kid banging away in my shop, although maybe a little bigger and slightly better with a hammer!
After many years in all aspects/phases of construction including rough framing, tile and finish work I was becoming bored with the limitations of standard materials. There is only so many ways to tile a wall or trim a window. What I found was concrete, with its limitless colors and shapes it was a breath of fresh air in a crowded room. What is possible with concrete? That is what was constantly going through my head. After suppressing the urge to persue concrete further, I could take it no longer. I enrolled in classes with Renowned San francisco concretist Buddy Rhodes, learning the ways of his signature “pressed” technique. Now this is what I was talking about, concrete was now in my blood.
Crafting counters, sinks and tables soon followed. After a about a year I was turned on to Brandon Gore through Buddy Rhodes, his style was completely different. Using fabric to craft one of kind sinks and furniture using a different style of concrete. GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) makes it possible to cast thinner stronger pieces of concrete, As well as advanced 3d moulds. After attending Brandon’s classes in Phoenix, it was immediately known that this is what I was going to do for the rest of my life.
After honing my skills on my own studio creating kitchen counters with an integral sink and drainboard, bathroom sink, shower pan and walls, tables, shelves, window sill, and a floating headboard the “concrete mini mansion” was born. Peoples reaction was always positive and typically intrigued at the possibilities of the material.
But Creating counters in my backyard and wet polishing my pieces on the lawn was short lived. Soon after attending Brandon’s class it was apparent that a larger space was required. After moving into a dedicated shop the concrete craftsman was created/born. My projects became larger and more elaborate, or more fun is how I look at it!
I draw from my many years of experience in construction on a daily basis in crafting one of a kind concrete pieces. From building moulds and fabricating one of a kind sinks to transport and handling of slabs. Not to mention having most of the necessary tools already in hand!
Referred by: Thomas Kern and Santa Cruz County Builders