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KirtBag Carving Mix new number

Hello everyone. I am now set up in the state of texas and ready to go. Thank you all for your interest in Kbag thus far, and in the future. Kbag is growing and constantly trying to improve all aspects of the business. I also have a new phone number, its 903 279 7525. Thanks again. Jeff Kirt.

Added by jeff kirt/ kirtbag Carving mix on October 11, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments

West Coast Training Center

West Coast Training Center Official Blog Page

At last we have completed the first class of this training center.  I want to give a shout out to all the people who made it happen.


Nolan Schied -

Nathan Giffin -…


Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on October 8, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Stacked mud walls

  I was reading on the v/a forum site, and one of the guys mentioned a company called so I looked them up and they do stacked mud/concrete  walls.  There technique is ok . And I am pretty sure the one day walls seminar  is over . But I was just wondering what are the admixtures everyone keeps talking about that help the concrete be more workable ?

Added by Ryan W.Rall on July 25, 2012 at 12:52pm — 8 Comments


 I`ve manage to carve some decent  rocks for deco purposses, but time for acrylic water painting has come and find myself in trouble, lol. I do have a good painting basic background, nonetheless coloring separate rocks that are so close,  like the ones showing on main page made by Nathan seems a titanic work. Even though I`m after a few different colors and tones for the column stones, spraying neighboring ones with wrong color to then go over, and over to repaint seems a foreever lasting …


Added by Nelson Lasaosa on May 26, 2012 at 3:59pm — 2 Comments

Contractor Check List

Many times over the last several years I have done classes or training for folks and there has always been things that have been left out that are critical to the over all  productivity of the job.   These can be small things but they are really important.  So this is a check list that may help you stay focused and prepared.

Contractor Check List…


Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on May 5, 2012 at 10:22am — 6 Comments

KirtBag Carving Mix

Hello everyone, just want to update you all on some KBag news. KBag Carving Mix is now available in Canada.  Now my friends in the north can get it. I have also aquired a shipping company that can ship a pallett for $200 or less. Thats right, anywhere in the United States for under $200. Now shipping isnt the issue for purchasing KBag. Im constantly looking to help everyone save money on mix to help this industry grow. Without a reasonably priced mix that performs how you want it to, you…


Added by jeff kirt/ kirtbag Carving mix on April 22, 2012 at 7:22pm — 3 Comments

Home value may be helped by man cave

There has been an increase recently in the number of people putting “man caves” in their residences. A man cave is a room wholly committed to the male head of the household, a sanctuary for the male to relax and refresh away from stylish sofas and pourris. It's not the worst move for residence values either, as it may add just a little more to the bottom line comes time to sell the house. Article source:…


Added by Nancy Turner on March 30, 2012 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Vertical Artisans International

I wanted everyone to know that the Vertical Artisans International Web Site is underway.  This Web site will be another teaching site very much like the first one, however, the VDO's  will not have any voice over and the teaching will be primarily text, diagrams and pictures.  The VDO's will be illustrations of what is taught.

On the face of the site people will be able to click on the flag from which country they are from and the entire site will be converted to their own…


Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on March 7, 2012 at 2:19pm — 3 Comments

Campinar May 28-June 2 2012

The 2012 Campinar is almost here, This is your chance to learn hands on. Improve your skills, learn new ones and share the ones you have. The bigger we make this event the better it will be for all that attend. I highly recommend making the campinar part of your to do list this year. As of right now, you can look forward to Poly Tech, learn to make your own stamps and molds. Sculpture by Thom Hnt using colored cement. Smith paints will be on hand, as well H&C and Bosch Tools. Mark Whitten… Continue

Added by Christian Maucieri on March 2, 2012 at 8:17pm — No Comments


I need to make a sample board, more precisely a worn, weathered one. An actual old piece of wood shall help, but tips and advise are very useful. Thought about making a few texture rollers since I lived far from US, and by the time I order and receive shipment oportunity may be gone, at least to make the sample for a client. Coloring the foix bois is of no concern Any tutorial reference on this, tips of any sort? Your input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Added by Nelson Lasaosa on January 28, 2012 at 8:06am — 2 Comments


Just wonder since I first learned about Walttools here, if someone  could assist me on this:  are they closed for Xmas? I`ve send two e-mails to  cs@walttools.como and got no answer  yet.  Any help would be appreciated.



I am interested in buying the

Tru-Tex Complete Contractor's Kit for Vertical…


Added by Nelson Lasaosa on December 22, 2011 at 6:59am — 3 Comments

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Added by Rocky on December 14, 2011 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

I found some stuff --- This is satire and just some humor ... Kirt Bag mix is a well respected bag mix.

I have been reading all the nice comments on Kirt's bag mix and have been slightly skeptical to all that I have read...I still have yet to use the stuff for myself so I got on the internet to see if I could dig up some research or some examples of my own...

I was surprised to see what I found... here are a few things...…


Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on December 3, 2011 at 10:30pm — 31 Comments

Kirt's Bag

Kirt's Bags mixture

On the average  installation using   Portland and Sand is common  , But a new generation of  polymers and  cement mixture is  given us  new opportunity  to improve on strength  and workability. 

After using kirt’s bag, I realize how much easer the job can get:

1 Very smooth to trawl and finish

2 Flexibility  and Time to work 

3 So strong  that  became  water proofing

4 Lower cost  since  you  will add  his bags  to  your existing…


Added by CountryBoy on December 2, 2011 at 7:46am — 4 Comments

Walttools Rocks

I just want to give a shout-out to the Walttools guys. The new texture rollers are awesome and I was totally jacked to see the fossil stamps in the package! (thank you!) I am going to have to add new 'lily-pads' to my garden just so I can use the dinosaur foot prints... and the 'inny' and 'outy' curly shells are awesome.

We've jsut finish carving our log house project and should be coloring it by Thursday or Friday. The Tru-Pak has been behaving wonderfully, given that we are working…


Added by Lee Woolsey on November 29, 2011 at 11:50pm — 1 Comment

Happy Holidays 2011

I would personally like to tell every member of Vertical Artisans, "Happy Holidays to each of you and your families!"


I hope 2011 has been somewhat kind to you and that 2012 will be great!


For those of you that I have had the pleasure of meeting in person, talking to on the phone, chatting with on the forum and creating friendships with, the pleasure has been all mine! I look forward to meeting and talking with the rest of you some…


Added by Dion Battles on November 22, 2011 at 8:38pm — 10 Comments

New Tools

Hey, everyone is always asking when more to0ls are coming.  Just finished up with three new roller sleeves.  Striated Slate, Gnarly Stone and Light Bark.  They will fit well in the line.  Also a week away from another vertical stamp kit.  Granite Castle Stone.  a very simple old word look that will be easy to tailor to your own look.

More coming as well.  Thanks for all the support for the tools and Tru Pac systems. 

Have a great holiday season, can't believe it is here…


Added by Tru Pac/Walttools/Don on November 18, 2011 at 11:26am — 4 Comments

A very cool PowerPoint from Mr. David Driggs

This PPT file is worth the download...


I hope someday I can travel to some of these really neat places in the world.


Special Thanks and a shout out to David Driggs for submitting this nice file.


If you have a power point from somewhere in the world that features cool rock elements POST UP!



Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on November 3, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

This kid (26 years old) is something else

My uncle showed me a documentary that made my blood run cold.  I began to admire this kids spunk.

What he does is so dangerous I would never attempt but as over 50% of his profession are all ready dead.

His accomplishments are truly amazing.  I would like to just see some of this rock first hand.


Added by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on October 24, 2011 at 7:49am — 6 Comments

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