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Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More Paperback – Mar 6 2012

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (March 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454703539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454703532
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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About the Author

Sherri Warner Hunter is an author and mixed-media sculptor who has been working with concrete for over a decade. Since 1994, she has concentrated on creating large-scale public sculptures, and her work can be viewed at the Nashville International Airport, the children's courtyard of the Memphis/ Shelby County Public Library, TN; and the TigerTown shopping complex in Opelika, AL.  She lives in Bell Buckle, TN.

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Good ideas, nice pictures, helpful layout & step by step instructions. I am an artist who has worked with concrete for years, and still found ideas that led me to new places.

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.
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I bought this book a few days ago and so far I am very impressed.
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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Not what I was looking for. Many are mosaics set in concrete and most are just ornamental with no use. There are winged dogs, clay pot chickens and many pieces are strictly sculptural.
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HASH(0xa7404330) out of 5 stars Thorough and Inspiring March 13 2006
By Mary Copeland - Published on
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I am thrilled to have this book. I knew people were doing this type of work, and I have wanted to know how. Other books have provided bits & pieces, but Sherri's book is THOROUGH. Each time I came up with a question in my mind as I was reading, the answer would be on one of the next pages. After reading through her book, I feel confident and inspired to take on projects I had been afraid to tackle. She shows a wide variety of projects -- her instructions are CLEAR and easy to follow. I shared this with my sister (out of state) & her comment was, "I can't believe you let loose of this!" A truly inspiring book!
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HASH(0xa7404738) out of 5 stars Both practical and beautiful... Oct. 23 2005
By Fred Jaques - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I like this book because it has very detailed "how to" instructions to make concrete ornaments for your garden. The "how to" illustrations are very clear. The photographs of actual designs are beautiful.
65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa74047b0) out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginners to Experts Aug. 29 2006
By CLG - Published on
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This has been one of the most enjoyable creative books I have purchased in a long time. I orginally got it for my business which is moving into concrete molding and casting. I knew my mom would thoroughly enjoy it and immediately bought a copy for her as an Amazon gift. She LOVES it and immediately began playing with concrete using some of her ideas for her desert garden. So thinking about it...I decided to buy my own copy! Next summer I plan on doing several of the creative ideas in it, but with my own artistic twist. I can't wait!

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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HASH(0xa7404558) out of 5 stars Who knew concrete could be fun! Nov. 15 2008
By peace - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was looking for a book to teach me how to make hypertufa pots for the garden. This book not only does that, but it has all sorts of projects made out of concrete. It contains several different concrete "recipes" for making these projects. There are about 25 projects in the book, with complete step-by-step instructions. There are lots of full-color pictures, which I think is essential for a good crafts book. In addition to the projects, there are many photos of works by other artists which is great if you're looking for inspiration. The author has even included their website addresses at the back of the book.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7404c78) out of 5 stars Thorough, informative and with a gammot of projects Aug. 24 2007
By MN40Seven - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. It is detailed and the projects are vastly different from one another. What I also appreciated is the emphasis on doing things right, such as waiting for the concrete to set for 24 days is an example on an item. More emphasis on the internal structure using wire, rebar, etc. I would highly recommend this book and I am anxious to put into use what it taught me.