The Decorative Concrete Institute
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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 classes.
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Decorative Concrete Institute
Stamped Concrete Class|
The April/May stamped concrete class
proved to be an action-packed intense three days. The class started off with a classroom
overview on the theoretical side of the business. Topics included concrete mix design, form
setting, sub grade preparation, color hardeners, integral color and acids
stains to name a few. After the morning
classroom session, the group of 15 students and Bob placed and seamless texture
skin stamped 9 yards of concrete using tinted liquid release. It was an interesting installation since we
also included a wood grain stamped border around the perimeter in a different
color hardener application while at the same time, using a contrasting color in
the main field area. After a successful
application and a bit of lunch, Bob and the students poured an additional 6
yards of concrete covering pattern stamping with powdered release. Whew, we had
some tired students at the end of day one.
Day two started off with the students placing, finishing and stamping
their own panels to the sum of roughly 9 yards of concrete. The afternoon session consisted of pouring
and stamping a set of stairs while capping the day off with some decorative
score cutting on the previous days seamless texture installation. Day three was
not quite as dirty as the two previous days, but the amount of information
covered was equally as intense as the first two days. The class learned patching and detailing
techniques as well as how to acid stain stamped concrete. Why stop there? The panels including the stairs and stained
section were finished off with a light coat of sealer. Great job guys!! A special thanks to Brickform for your
support and John Tutunjion for being a part of our class.
| Bob Consults with Private Client for the Day - May 3rd
Happy Birthday Bob!
With no rest for the weary
(literally). Bob consults with some local clients for the day at DCI's
facility. This firm was having some
jobsite concerns with the art of applying skim coat material. After a day of tune-ups and practice they
expressed their satisfaction and that they now realized a few of the problems
they were experiencing on this commercial application.
|Go West Young Man/Woman!
May 4, 2007
Bob and Lee Ann head West for a
surprise birthday party for Bob's Mom Mary Lou and a much-needed couple of days
off. They started off flying in to the San Francisco airport on
Friday the 4th.
On the way to Napa Valley
for some wine tasting they are able to pay friend Fu Tung Cheng a visit. After a wonderful education on tea at fu
Tungs tea shop and plenty of sampling, Bob and Lee Ann were able to pay a brief
visit to the last day of Fu Tungs concrete countertop class. Wow!
There was some incredible work.
Thanks a bunch for the visit Fu Tung!
After several bathroom stops they finally make it to Napa Valley for a
couple of days of great wine tasting and a beautiful motorcycle ride through
the mountains (not while wine tasting).
Sunday afternoon Bob and Lee Ann surprise "Mom" Harris at a restaurant
where she did not know they would be. After
serving her water and setting her silverware down, she finally realized who it
was. After some tears and hugs, we had a
great visit with the West-side family.
Thanks Nancy and Lori for everything and we love you Mom!
|Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) -- One Day Trip for Bob to Chicago!
May 10, 2007
Bob flies to Chicago for the day to give a seminar on
Decorative Concrete to this interesting group.
The CSPA has many different divisions, one of which is the "polishes
group". After a great two-hour session
and some interesting conversation, back in a cab while being whisked back to
|Polished Concrete Class
May 16-17, 2007
This was a small class consisting of
6 students, which proved to be pretty special.
Clif Rawlings from HTC America came down to help instruct this
class. We started off (like most classes)
in the classroom covering topics such as diamond tooling, hard concrete vs.
soft concrete, and jobsite examples in which both water-based and solvent-based
dyes were used.
After the morning
classroom session, we brought the 600 sq.ft. floor up to a 400 grit in
preparation for the next days coloring lesson and boy, what a lesson it
was! When the class came in the next
morning they were wondering why the overhead projector was high up in the
air. When I showed them the design we
were going to project and ultimately cut, color and polish, they could not
believe it. In addition to this floor, we used the smaller HTC 500 on a sample
panel previously cast and created some beautiful art work combined with
The day was finished
off with a coat of Polish Guard and a high-speed burnish using HTC's Twister
pads. I must say, these floors came out
beautiful! Great job to the students attending and thanks Clif, I know you were
pretty jet lagged from your 10-day excursion to India.
|Lee Ann at Motorcycle School - Boy is She Nervous!
Memorial Day Weekend
Lee Ann in the past has ever so
slightly hinted about the possibility of one day riding her own Harley. The problem is, as she puts it, she loves
being on the back of one relaxing as a passenger.
Well, the doubt was abruptly taken away when
she got her own LOWERED 885 Sportster. There was only one problem; she did not
have the motorcycle endorsement enabling her to (legally ride). After an afternoon of calling around to
enroll her in a rider safety certification course only to find that most were
booked out at least two months, we struck gold!
We happened to stop by the local Harley dealer at 2:00 pm only to find
that someone had literally just cancelled which meant she filled the only spot
and needed to be back that same day at 5:30 for her first day of school. After
four days of intense training, she passed both the riding test as well as the
written test with flying colors, (I knew she would). Whew LeeAnn. Congratulations!
For those of you that know her, see if you
can pick her out of the picture with the other students.
Bob spends this time saw cutting panel for upcoming
class. Bob kills time doing what he loves doing while Lee
Ann is in school. Saw cutting concrete
in preparation for the upcoming stain class.
Pour guy, couldn't he find a more exciting way to spend his days while
wondering how she was doing at school.
In any event, it came out pretty cool!
Update on Stain DVD
Lee Ann conduct final edit on staining DVD.
Wait until you see this 5-hour plus DVD. It flipping rocks!!
Check This Out! JB Studios Films Virtual Tour of DCI!
Exciting Video Shoot!
Please visit our website in the
coming days for more on this exciting shoot which can be viewed on the
website. Also, there will be upcoming
news online regarding hands on seminars both live and video segments that will
be available for purchase. (Cool Stuff!)
Coming Soon! Student of the Month!
Check our website in the coming days for a new monthly feature -- our Student of the Month page!
You could be our next Student of the Month. Click here to see all of our class offerings and for your registration form!
|DCI Memorial Day Tribute
DCI would like to pay tribute to all of the men
and women who paid the ultimate price and on a daily basis sacrifice their
lives for all of us. If by chance any
past veterans or men and women currently serving in the armed forces are
reading this news letter, we would like to take this opportunity to personally
say thank you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
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.