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Looking for expiranced Wall carvers (Chattanooga TN Area)

We are struggling with trying to find good help.  Looking to hire 1 or 2 carvers to help out with our project.  We have over 1,200 linear feet of wall to carve.   I have Chris Lloyd helping me right now out of VA.  So he is a great teacher but I need atleast one or 2 more carvers and I need 2 labors that what to learn but know how to at least work a hand trowell.  

Give me a call at 423-260-1120   Leave me a Voice mail with your name and where you are from.  I am always in need of…

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Added by Jonathan Baxley on January 20, 2017 at 9:21am — No Comments

Its the Marketing team that gets the consumer to the ticket booth.

Its the Marketing team that gets the consumer to the

ticket booth.

By Jody Smith

I was asked by Nathan Giffin to share some thoughts on how important internet

marketing is with his members of Vertical Artisans. I enjoy talking about the way I…

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on January 4, 2017 at 7:54am — No Comments

2016 - A Year for Innovations

2016 - A Year for Innovations

Over the years, the industry has produced many nice innovations for decorative concrete. This year I have seen some of the most exciting innovations take place in multiple arenas of the decorative concrete industry. I have always felt that Walt Tools has been a leader in the market place because many years ago, they offered to take my ideas and produce them.   I’m speaking…

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Added by Nathan Giffin on December 14, 2016 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Sales Mistakes That Could Be Costing You Millions

Sales Mistakes That Could Be Costing You Millions

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on September 10, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

something in the garden.

hello and bonjour from france.

I'm a british plasterer in france working for myself in what's becoming an increasingly difficult  market.Trying to focus on decorative rustic finishes(can be seen on my site).Only inside work with machine onecoat gypsum based plaster ,on predominantlly a terracotta brick(fench traditional).

I'm soon to be doing an interior swimming pool with knauf cement board.I have to present something to the client in false stone roughly 30m², one wall…

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Added by graham malloch on August 28, 2016 at 11:53am — 3 Comments

The Stone Matrix --- The Awakening of Vertical Decorative Concrete

The Stone Matrix --- The Awakening of Vertical Decorative Concrete

 

As a decorative concrete trainer I have seen many people take courses and learn a great deal about vertical decorative concrete over the last decade.    They come from all walks of life which was a great surprise to me personally as I was under the belief that most people interested in the craft would be from the decorative concrete realm.   However, this was not the case as there is a wide and diverse pallet…

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on July 25, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

FREE TRAINING CLASS --- Morris IL with Hardscapes Systems.

Free Training Class   January 21, 2016

LOCATION - Morris…

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on December 17, 2015 at 9:13am — No Comments

Kirtbag Carving Mix Demo

Kirtbag Carving Mix will be in Puyallup, Washington at Valley Supply on April 29 to May 1st. Dion and I will be showing attendees the versatility of Kirtbag while creating realistic wood features. A cant miss opportunity!!!! Come out and learn another technique to add to your repertoire. See you there

Added by jeff kirt/ kirtbag Carving mix on April 19, 2015 at 8:56am — 4 Comments

World of Concrete 2015 Overview

Just so you know the video footage of what we have accomplished at the WOC event is being edited and will be posted in the CORE course on Vertical Artisans

This Blog post is for those of you who want a early overview of the process.

First Set out your foam sub straights.…

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on February 9, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Kirtbag Carving Mix

Hello all. Now that everyone is back from The World of Concrete, I know your pumped up about doing some vertical concrete carving. Regardless of what you saw being done there, the mixes being used are still WAY expensive to buy. Kirtbag is the MOST AFFORDABLE and BEST PERFORMING mix for the money. You will spend on average $21-$23 for Kirtbag when you figure in the type s mortar and shipping. That's around 95lbs of mix for for half what the competition charges. No mix stacks up to Kirtbag… Continue

Added by jeff kirt/ kirtbag Carving mix on February 7, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Community Fundraiser

A very big thank you to Nolan and Nathan for their generous contributions to our Community Cob Pizza oven.

Added by robert merrill on January 31, 2015 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Kirtbag Carving Mix

Hello everyone. hope the holidays treated you well. Brief update on Kirtbag. We are currently in 4 stores across the United states and growing daily. The mix is better than ever and will soon be closer to everyone. We strive to keep the prices down and quality up. I truely believe Kirtbag is the best mix out there. We're on our 5th year and the jobs I've seen in person that have been up for years still look like they were done yesterday. The goal this year is to be in as many stores as we can… Continue

Added by jeff kirt/ kirtbag Carving mix on January 7, 2015 at 8:54am — 1 Comment

Walttools Releases Their New Ultra Performance Concrete Bond Coating Mix

Walttools Releases Their New Ultra Performance Concrete Bond Coating Mix 

Walttools is announcing the availability of Structure Coat, their new concrete bond coating mix for use in the decorative concrete arena as the ultimate product for reinforced scratch coat applications. …

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on November 3, 2014 at 9:50pm — 1 Comment

Mining cave shower

Hello Vertical Artisans -- just posted new photos of the completed 6'X8' walk-in mining cave shower connected to our mining cave rec room. The shower features brushed nickel fixtures, a LED rain showerhead and 100 yr old weathered boards for a blocked off tunnel effect used throughout the mining cave rec room. The floor is Turkish river stone done by a master tile installer from Germany, the only outside help I used on the whole project due to knee problems. It was a tricky floor to complete…

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Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on September 20, 2014 at 4:20pm — No Comments

FOAM CORE CONSTRUCTION WATER FEATURE DAILY BLOG

The following is a blog for the up and coming Class and for general information.

We will be filming segments of this class and covering various special elements.  These will be available in the future and and some of the course will be added to the CORE II course on Vertical Artisans.

The following pictures are at the  beginning stages.…

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on August 25, 2014 at 9:45pm — 3 Comments

West Coast Training Center Class #3 Daily Blog

Well it's the first day here and it was raining off an on.. . There is a lot of excitement as there are all ready students who have come in early and have began to get envolved with the prep work...

We have started to put all the rooms together and clean up the place all in preparation for Mondays start....

...... I will begin to post pictures .... Jody Smith is here and working his magic on the photos as well....

Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on April 26, 2014 at 8:21am — 3 Comments

Laguna Tide Pool & Spa --- Review

Once Again We Up The Bar

Click on Pic to See Course Data 

Richard Winget has just launched his new RockScapes 101 series 2

 

In the RockScapes 101 Series 2 --- Laguna Tide Pool and Spa Project ---

We take a look at some new techniques for texture, carving and…

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Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on February 13, 2014 at 5:10pm — 1 Comment

Artificial rock artisan needed in south Orange County CA

Huge pool company is seeking an artisan to re-color a rock pool. If interested please contact me via email so that I can give you details. Ray@undertheseainc.com

Added by ray estorga on January 14, 2014 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Draper Livivng Planet Aquaruim

Hope you have a good time in Oregon! Landing the finish up work at the Living Planet Aquruim is a huge opportunity for us, I couldn't have done it with out the training from the VA. Thanks Nathan!! I will post Pics after the Feburary opening. This 24 million dollar facility is like nothiing I have ever seen. Know are company will be forever be linked to this world class Aquaruim. 

Corey

Added by Corey Draper on January 12, 2014 at 10:29pm — No Comments

And if you are wondering what 20 min movie reel is hanging on the wall -- it is The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 1976 starring Ben Gazzara and directed by John Cassavetes.  Horrible movie that belong…

And if you are wondering what 20 min movie reel is hanging on the wall -- it is The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, 1976 starring Ben Gazzara and directed by John Cassavetes.  Horrible movie that belongs in a dark cave. 

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Added by Ervin Szpek, Jr on January 12, 2014 at 9:38pm — No Comments

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