Decorative Concrete Institute Insights
Are you looking to break into the decorative
concrete world? Or, perhaps, are you a seasoned
veteran of the business looking for new ideas and to
sharpen your skills? We have training opportunities
available for everyone! We've just added several new
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Happy Valentine's Day!
The Decorative Concrete Institute sincerely wishes
all of you great success and all the romance you can
handle in 2007.
To film Bob's newest DVD
After a couple of days off to recover from the New
Year, Bob and Lee Ann load the box truck and head
south. The final destination was beautiful St.
Augustine, Florida for our next exciting project.
Hmmm. . .I wonder who took this picture of LeeAnn. .
.working our way to St. Augustine.
New DVD on Stained Concrete
...in the can and soon to be released!
The week between Jan 7 and the 13th, was spent
shooting Bob’s new DVD on Stain. This was an
interesting project for the start of our video shoot
considering the fact that it was actually a
three-story concrete home with work being performed
on all three floors. This picturesque setting was
virtually next door to the historical light house in
St. Augustine which made the project that much more
This DVD will truly be one of a kind considering the
content on this actual project. Issues addressed
were, properly patching holes that were through the
entire 3rd floor, fixing problem areas, sampling on
the actual floor, as well as some beautiful finished
The filming reconvened at DCI’s shop for important
design layout considerations as well as some mind
blowing decorative applications using metallic
epoxies, dyes and some unbelievable effects. We
don’t want to give it all away, so stay tuned!
Another shot from the new Stain DVD!
For more info on Bob Harris Guides and DVDs, click here!
ColorMaker Skim Coat Class
After a long, long week of filming we are back into
a ColorMaker skim coat class on Jan 17-19. The
class started off with the theoretical side of how
skim coats work as well as issues such as proper
After the classroom instruction, Bob demonstrated
the proper use of Sgraffino and Pentimento along
with Colorfast. Once the students had an
understanding of how the products worked, they were
able to go work on their own panels using the
The last two days were spent completing decorative
saw cutting, working with stains and dyes as well as
sealer and wax applications.
Victor Pachade from ColorMaker made the comment that
this was an exceptionally creative group, and we
have to agree. Great job gang. Hopefully we’ll see
you in the near future.
For information about upcoming classes, click here!
World of Concrete -- Las Vegas!
The day after our skim coat class, Bob, Lee Ann and
Lee Ann’s Mom, alias (“Baba”) head west to sin city,
Las Vegas, Nevada for World of Concrete. There they
join up with Bob’s Mom, Mary Lou. These four tear
the city apart with some great times. On Monday it
is back to business with the first of Bob’s four
seminars throughout the week. Bob co-presented with
friend, Tom Ralston on the subject of Acid Staining
Techniques. We were amazed at the attendance level,
which is yet another indicator of the popularity of
the staining market. Tuesday, bright and early, Bob
presented with friend, Clif Rawlings of HTC on the
subject of Polished Concrete. Again, this was a
packed house. These seminars were again presented
on Thursday and Friday with great attendance.
The Portland Cement Association introduced their new
DVD (an overview of decorative concrete) at their
booth, along with an “Ask Bob Harris” question and
answer session. Based on the attendance at the PCA
booth decorative concrete is not a passing fad, but
one of the fastest growing market segments in the entire
In between all of this, it was great seeing many of
you as well as other colleagues out at the Artistry
in Concrete demonstrations. Hats off to all of the
Thanks Matt, John, Clark, and Mike for a great last
night in Las Vegas! The plane ride home sure sucked.
(Editor's Note: We are unable to share
pictures of this trip...What happens in Vegas...)
Until next time...
The Decorative Concrete Institute continues to
provide consulting, education, installation and
training to marketplaces across the United States
and Internationally. DCI places its focus on
Architects, Artists, Concrete Finishers, Faux
Finishers, General Contractors, Interior Designers,
Ready Mix Producers, etc. to bring them knowledge
and offer advice on the demands of Interior and
Exterior Architectural Design.
DCI has worked with and continues to work with a
diverse range of industry professionals catering to
the individual needs of each project focusing on
products and designs that are conducive to the
particular environment they are working in. DCI
consults with on-the-job applications and
installations and provides the technical expertise
to complete jobs successfully.