Justin Burd, owner of Tribe One Customs, Oak Hill, W.Va., created this stylish concrete bench for the SAY Si youth arts center in San Antonio as part of a workshop at the 2012 Concrete Decor Show.
We asked him how he did it, and here’s what he told us: “The bench was made with 3/4-inch melamine form material that was precut before the class and then constructed during the class. I wanted to cast the piece in the GFRC technique that the class was being taught. This technique involved spraying a face coat with a hopper gun and then hand-packing reinforcement layers until desired thickness.
“The casting material that we used was the Xtreme GFRC mix from Surecrete Products. It was a very easy and strong system to use for doing 3-D objects. The first day we built and casted, and on day two we demolded the piece, processed it, which involved some light burnishing and sanding touch-ups, then sealed it up.
“After the piece was sealed up for a few hours we installed it outside of SAY Si. It was a donated piece that I was very happy to give them. The class was amazing and I was happy for the opportunity to teach it. The guys in the class were great. The class ran over both days and they stayed to help finish up the project.”