Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More Paperback – Mar 6 2012
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Hunter introduces the fundamentals of concrete within the context of craft, familiarizing novices with the tools, equipment, mixing methods, and safety precautions used with the most common general-purpose cement, Portland Type I. She moves from a brief history to discussions of aggregates such as pea gravel and marble chips to mixing and finishing, woodworking, and metalworking. Starting with the basic mix, readers will find recipes for 21 varieties, and an initial project: casting a simple bowl. Hunter moves on to flexible molds and various core materials used to produce landscape statuary and concrete columns. The basics of cement carving are covered, as are techniques for texturing the surfaces of outdoor chairs and garden sculpture. Each of 25 projects, advancing from beginning to intermediate and advanced, is explained step-by-step, while color photographs of details and settings enhance the imaginative possibilities suggested in this valuable garden craft volume. Whitney Scott
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One thing I found frustrating: there are products and tools mentioned, but no sources are given to buy them. Some I have been trying to find by searching on the web with no luck. They need a web site with a current list of suppliers.
Good reference book when your own idea well goes dry.
It describes different mixes for various applications and features classy, modern projects with input from real artisans.
The boring cover shot doesn't do this book the justice it deserves.
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So purchase a copy and get ready to play in concrete knowing all the details necessary to have a successful, artistic outcome!
Many years have past since I wrote this review...yet I had to add more after seeing what my mother created based off of ideas from this book. She created several fan and leaf-shaped pieces ensuring that the base has a moderate slant serving as a drain system due to the rare monsoon rainwater that drips off her adobe-style home in Arizona. Using a water-proofing medium provided a sealant allowing these pieces to survive not only the water, but the extreme 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures that are often a daily occurrence in the summer. These are not only decorative but extremely functional. Other items she made based off of the book are also incredible and useful. Definitely a great purchase for DIY projects!
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