The complete casting+ spring training is in the rearview, but we won’t soon forget the awesome time that we had! Justin and Nathan taught for three days about all of the ins and outs of casting concrete. We covered bag mixes that can be purchased from Buddyrhodes.com as well as our own mix designs that […]
We normally mix small batches of concrete and work with smaller molds for custom projects that range from table top planters to the tables themselves as well as fireplace surrounds, and more. This past week we used a little more concrete than normal in the addition to the Set in Stone shop and instead of […]
Ok, so this past week, we traveled a couple hours south to the outskirts of Atlanta to attend a Buddy Rhodes event called “Epic.” What’s Epic? Basically, it’s a three-day gathering of the world’s concrete artisans and makers to collaborate, talk, listen, learn, and push the envelope on what’s possible with concrete. I heard someone describe it as “A smaller specialized Burning Man for concrete enthusiasts”, and from what I experienced that might not be far off. One thing is sure; this creative world of concrete isn’t a boring place.
Whether you’re looking to buy a house or already have your home, the kitchen is a social center. It’s a must see for potential buyers and it’s used every day by you and your family. It is firmly cemented as the most important room in the house and your countertops are the jewel on the crown of your kitchen. If you’re in the middle of a kitchen redesign and looking for new countertops, have you considered concrete? Have questions? Let us walk you through it!
This past week I had the unfortunate privilege of digging out my own septic tank by hand. Yes, in the middle of a hot humid north Georgia summer I was literally shoveling shit. This gave me plenty of occasion to think about everything, including what it is we do at Set in Stone (because the […]
The ability to be silly and ludicrous is terribly underrated if not downright scorned. Perhaps we are too afraid of not being taken seriously. But being too serious and being too concerned how we could be seen is a sure creativity killer. Arguably, innovation and creativity necessitates a certain amount of freedom for success. This […]
So often, people see something that they like and they want to replicate it in their own homes. Sometimes this works but often it doesn’t. Why? Context. In design, context is everything. This is my mantra as an interior designer; it’s the one thing that I have the most difficulty helping people understand. And though […]
The ability and even the desire to repair and fix our own stuff is becoming increasingly rare. This fact saddens us. Repair is at the very core of self sufficiency. While it is important for the individual, it is crucial for communities. Cheap labor and manufacturing costs have paved the way for a culture of […]
There are two words that are especially dear to our hearts here in the studio. We undoubtedly use them too much. These words are “craft” and “creativity”. And yes while they may be trite and overused, we love them. They conjure up a multitude of meanings and are often linked together as if they are […]
Maybe you have already heard, but we are moving our showroom. Yep, that’s right, we’re moving. No worries though. We are still going to be on the Southside. We just needed more shop space. But the problem is that we will not have our new showroom ready in time and we do not want to […]
Andy Roth is a craftsman that came through one of our training sessions last year. He hails from Canada and is one of the most creative and eclectic guys we know, so we asked him a few questions about his path and personal creative process. He has known he wanted to be a builder of […]
(This is another article written by Jeremy French of Buddy Rhodes Concrete. The original can be found here. We thank Jeremy and Buddy Rhodes for allowing us to share this article on our blog.) The majority of artisan concrete projects, including concrete countertops, architectural panels, concrete vanities, and concrete furniture pieces often achieve their primary […]
(This article is written by Jeremy French of Buddy Rhodes Concrete. The original can be found here. We thank Jeremy and Buddy Rhodes for allowing us to share this article on our blog.) The majority of artisan concrete projects, including concrete countertops, architectural panels, concrete vanities, and concrete furniture pieces often achieve their primary […]
I sat down with Charles Coleman on a warm fall afternoon to talk about his personal creative process and how it was developed. As our friend and official photographer, Charles has been hugely influential in the development of Set in Stone’s visual presentation. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed talking […]
Here are a few close up shots of our latest furniture prototype. I can’t really say much about it right now, but we are really excited about it. It is the product of new collaborations and playing with new materials; more steel, beautiful leather, and it will all flat pack for shipping. Yeah, we’re excited.
Staj Olson of Set in Stone sat down with me a week or so ago to discuss his personal views on creativity and his struggles with being a creative person. Staj is an incredibly pragmatic person; a self described “right-brain” thinker. This often implies that it is logic that rules the day rather than creativity, […]
I am sorry for giving you two weeks in a row of links we like on the web. Things are crazy busy with various things, but I wanted to share some pretty cool things with you guys. The beauty and power of design driven thinking… for fun. Fantastic urban art by Borondo in Atlanta. Read […]
This week we are trying something new by sharing just a few awesome links we found this week. Enjoy. Louis Khan: We have written about Louis Khan before (here), but this article in The Guardian is a good intro. Click here to read. Bathroom Styles: Interested in industrial style bathrooms? Check out some ideas […]
Last week I had the chance to sit down with our own Justin Burd and talk about what living creatively means to him. It was a great conversation and especially interesting to hear how life outside of the shop affects his work. We began by talking about where he came form and how concrete became […]
Last week we had the privilege of leading another Buddy Rhodes Three Day Comprehensive Workshop. It was a full class of people from all over North America with all kinds of backgrounds. We had builders and artists, coffee shop owners and commercial real estate developers. It was a fantastically diverse group of people, but the […]
This post is the beginning of an interview series with creative individuals in which we explore core ideas and practices of living creative lives. Through these conversations we hope to learn from and celebrate our own unique paths, methods, and stories. I had the opportunity to sit down over coffee with Nathan Smith and have […]
At its heart creativity is a process; a never-ending, invigorating and heart-breaking process. Creativity has many starts, stops, and pivots. This is exactly why we are passionate about it; for ourselves and for others. It is not reserved for only the artist, designer or craftsperson; everyone has the need and ability to be creative in […]