Craft & Creativity

Craft & Creativity

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 […]

Interview: Andy Roth

Interview: Andy Roth

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 […]

Understanding AR Glass Fibers in Artisan Concrete

Understanding AR Glass Fibers in Artisan Concrete

(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 […]

Understanding PVA Fibers in Artisan Concrete

Understanding PVA Fibers in Artisan Concrete

  (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 […]

Realizing What our Classes are Really About

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in blue concrete, Buddy Rhodes, creativity, design, training
Realizing What our Classes are Really About

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 […]

Design is for Everyone

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in concrete design house, design, training
Design is for Everyone

As you have probably noticed, we talk a lot about design, the creative process, and their affects on our lives as individuals. I recently read this post by Nick Wynja on hackmake.org about this very thing. Nick is a fine writer and I would truly be hard pressed to write anything more spot on. Check […]

Great Process = Great Product

Great Process = Great Product

A good friend of mine recently sent me a message about a t-shirt he had seen. On this shirt was screen printed the words “Great Process = Great Product”. I imagine it was probably some sort of branded advertising shirt, created to impress on the viewer the quality of said company’s product (as an obvious […]

Thinking on what it is to be “local”.

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in concrete design house, misc, training
Thinking on what it is to be “local”.

What does it mean to be local? To be a part of a local economy? To be a neighbor in a neighborhood? But then again, what does it mean to be a neighbor in a community that is not defined by geography? These questions are especially important in a time that globalism is the norm, […]

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in concrete design house, design, misc, training
Shop Class as Soulcraft

As stated on our about page we at Set in Stone “are just simple designer/makers trying to do better.” Though this may seem simple and benign enough, the truth is that defining what “better” is and following through is anything but simple. We live in a time full of choice and all the distractions that […]

Fixing, repairing and general mayhem

Fixing, repairing and general mayhem

So as a follow up to our last post on Wabi-Sabi (click here to read) I thought it would be a good time to introduce some thoughts on what it means to repair our own stuff. Wabi-Sabi (as we approached it) is a philosophical/aesthetic ideal that embraces the wear and tear of life on materials […]

Design is Context.

Design is Context.

Design is Context. This should be the undeniable understanding from which everything begins. Whether it is a city, a house, a kitchen table, or even a napkin; for these things to be worth creating or buying, their contexts must be understood. All too often, great opportunities are ruined by an absence of context. There are […]

Fabric formed Bathroom Element Training Class

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in design, fabric forming, shower, sinks, training
Fabric formed Bathroom Element Training Class

If you are a professional concrete artisan or even a passionate¬†amateur¬†this class is a must. Our industry is making incredible strides forward utilizing new mixes and techniques that are changing the face of concrete work. This is a class focused on getting you up to speed with the latest developments in fabric formed concrete as […]