Get hands-on training. Actually touch and work with various decorative concrete products, learn how to create a final product and compare the performance of various product methods. See the list of workshops being conducted at the 2019 Concrete Decor Show. All courses included with Full-Conference Registration.
The Sky’s the Limit with Vertical Carved Concrete
Time and Date: Mon., Oct. 28, 8 a.m. & Tues., Oct. 29, 8 a.m. Area: Show Floor One
Trainers: Troy Lemon of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete and Emil Gera of Emil J Gera Concrete Contractor Inc.
Workshop assistants: Danny Carillo of Graco and Matt Sampson of Matthew Buckley Sampson Inc.
Veteran artisans Troy Lemon and Emil Gera will use the latest products, tools and equipment to show you highly productive ways to turn vertical concrete carving applications into one of your company’s most lucrative services. Learn valuable techniques that will fool anyone into believing it’s the real deal. Stone, brick and modern plaster veneers — along with carved steps and other custom finishes — will prepare you to take vertical carved concrete to the next level. Win large-scale projects by delivering long-lasting solutions for residential and commercial projects. This workshop is recommended for intermediate to advanced applicators.
Harder, Thicker, Longer … Concrete Countertops
Time and Date: Mon., Oct. 28, 8 a.m. & Tues., Oct. 29, 8 a.m. Area: Show Floor Zero
Trainers: Jake Brady of Jake Brady Concrete by Design
This hands-on workshop will provide both beginners and veteran concrete contractors with the opportunity to learn instructor Jake Brady’s innovative way to make GFRC countertops. Jake has been in the GFRC industry for 13 years and is known for his massive seamless pieces of concrete for everything from countertops and water features to deco-facades and so much more. This workshop will focus on a “pour once” method starting with mold making, pouring, demolding, back-grinding, polishing and sealing. Advanced discussion topics will include seamless large pieces, mix designs, inlays and custom mold making.
Boost Profits with Engraving and Stencils
Time and Date: Mon., Oct. 28, 8 a.m. & Tues., Oct. 29, 8 a.m. Area: Show Floor Two
Trainers: Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique Engraving and Debbie Ohland of Engrave-A-Crete
There are unlimited ways to decorate concrete surfaces. One of the easiest is engraving the concrete. In this workshop you’ll learn multiple ways to not only use engraving to your advantage, but also methods to incorporate stencils for added details. You’ll learn how to merge these techniques and also use them as stand-alones. Adding design to your processes will add the best profits to any project and distinguish you from your competition.
Creating a Faux Bois Sculpture for Indoor or Outdoor Use
Time and Date: Tues., Oct. 29, 8 a.m, Wed., Oct. 30, 8 a.m. and Thurs., Oct. 31, 8 a.m. Area: Show Floor Three
Trainer: Cindee Lundin of The Studio by Cindee Lundin
If creating concrete art for public and private commissions is your dream in life, Cindee Lundin will show you an exciting path for making your dreams a reality in this three-day workshop on faux bois (an artist imitation of wood or wood grain) and carved stone concrete sculpture. Creating a stable armature, deciding on concrete mix designs, sculpting, creating textures, coloring and business training will weave its way through this exciting workshop for the concrete enthusiast, landscaper and decorative artist. This is a beginner to advanced workshop for those interested in creating unique sculptures appropriate for the garden or to dress up a retail space. Besides learning about sculpting techniques, participants will discover new skills they can use on day-to-day projects as well.
Carpentry for Concrete Forming
Time and Date: Mon., Oct. 28, 1 p.m. and Tues., Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Area: Show Floor Four
Trainers: Rich Robertson of T.B. Penick & Sons
Rich Robertson from award-winning T.B. Penick & Sons will lead this must-attend workshop that demonstrates best practices for framing and forming retaining walls, steps, stairs, radiuses, wall caps, flatwork applications and more. The workshop will also cover the use of laser guidance, forming materials, fasteners, reinforcements and coping along with the necessary tools to ensure a productive and safe work environment for all. Includes complimentary hard hat, safety vest and eyewear.