(Completed) Hands On Projects

If you are a Vertical Artisans Subscriber than these are some projects in Chicago that you can visit or participate with.

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Very Big Wine Cellar...Chicagoland Area

Started by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans. Last reply by scott dobert Sep 1, 2011. 19 Replies

All right guys I have great progress on this wine cellar... It started out as just a few  spare rooms ( 10' x 14' ) and ( 14' x 11' ) with an elevator in the middle. Here are some before demo…Continue

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Comment by Richard Batey on May 2, 2010 at 3:01pm
Here are some of the pictures I took the other day of the hands on project.
These mostly all show the rough framing.There has been considerable progress since.I'll take some more tomorrow and post.Just thought everyone would like to see the process.

Comment by Richard Batey on May 2, 2010 at 3:05pm
This is going to look awesome!!
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on May 3, 2010 at 5:37pm
Yes Indeed! Today was a great start and tomorrow we will have rock!
Let there be Rock!
Comment by Dion Battles on May 4, 2010 at 9:18pm
What a great day! I knew traveling all the way from Idaho (Go BSU Broncos) to attend this "Hands On" would be well worth my time. The guys that attended were great company, we had a fun filled day of hard work, good conversation, great laughs and priceless mentoring. I cant wait till tomorrow!
Comment by Dion Battles on May 6, 2010 at 11:32pm
I am looking forward to tomorrow! We are going to carve the first ever "Arrow Loops or Arrow Slits". They are going to be AWESOME! I have taken a special liking to these bad boys! I cant wait to see them come together.
This has been the most "sick" week here at this Hands On project. (HaHa, those of us that were carving that day will find that comment very funny). I will not forget this experience. And through all the conversations, carving, hard work and going to dinner with the "guys", I will be going home with a whole new look at everything that has to do with my business.
Also, I want to say a special thanks to Nathan for this opportunity that he has offered us within the Vertical Artisans website membership. He is a very special person and it is very apparent that he has designed Vertical Artisans so that we can become the very best Artisans possible within this new craft. The time that I have spent with him personally, is invaluable! His passion, drive, caring spirit and sincerity is truly inspirational!
Comment by Nathan Giffin Vertical Artisans on May 8, 2010 at 7:50am
Thank you so much guys for a week of hard work and fun!
Comment by Tammy Chebny on May 8, 2010 at 10:31am
I dido Dion's Comment. It has been AWSOME working with Nathan and the others on this job. I too am grateful for this opportunity that Nathan has given me to work along side him sculpting stones. His passion for vertical concrete sculpting is contagious. Thank you Nathan for your generosity and willingness to share your talent.
Comment by Tim Meger on May 11, 2010 at 4:58pm
What a week!
I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to attend the hands-on project in Chicago last week and let me tell ya, as i told the other guys, if I had only been able to stay for one day it would still have been worth every penny! (and I had to travel from BC Canada)(and didnt attend any hockey games!)

For all of you looky loos who have not joined the VerticalArtisans teaching site, YOU ARE missing out! The level of quality teaching that I have received is what sets my business apart from the guys who are not willing to INVEST in themselves.
And for those of you that said you would come and didnt, its not over yet and I highly encourage you to get on it and head to chicago asap.
You will not regret it.
Nathan is not charging any money for you to attend this event and there is nothing quite like working alongside a master craftsman to really learn and pick up on some things that simply dont come across in video. Not to mention the discussions we had re. business and the present economy!
I have returned home with a fresh perspective and a renewed zeal and vigor both for my business and for life.
Thanks again Nathan.
And to all the great folks I got to meet while I was there, the pleasure was truly mine and im thankful to have gotten to spend that time with you all, learning and growing together.
Comment by Bruce Krauth on May 12, 2010 at 1:43pm
This was a very fun project. When I was there (this past Monday and Tuesday), it was only me and Nathan for much of the time, which was a good time to pick his brain and really get to know the craft without a bunch of distractions. I appreciated having hands on on some of the more challenging techniques like inverted surfaces, arches, and hidden drawers. I was glad to help and look forward to seeing the awesome results!
Comment by Tammy Chebny on May 14, 2010 at 10:35pm
Hey everybody, the project is still in progress. I have enjoyed this opportunity to get a vertical concrete refresher course and to get real life, on the job experience. I was in one of the initial classes that Nathan taught back in 2008 and I hired him to give me on the job instruction with one of my projects. I have a few thousand dollars invested in learning this craft. The opportunity to work with Nathan on this Hands On Project at no additional cost to me is VERY VALUABLE! I encourage all of you that couldn't make it to this project to try to make it to the next one. I guarantee it will be worth your while.
To all of you that did come for the experience, you did a great job and it was great working with all of you.


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