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GORE DESIGNS CONCRETE COUNTERTOP WORKSHOPS

by , 07/02/06

Concrete Countertop
Don’t have plans this summer? Go to concrete camp!

Gore Designs of Phoenix is offering a series of weekend workshops that will teach you how to make your own concrete countertops, sinks or even furniture. Choose from the Weekend Warrior, a condensed class that teaches you the skills to make a functional countertop, complete with sink and drain board, or consider the GFRC Class, which teaches innovative ways of creating pieces with glass fiber reinforced concrete. If this is all old hat to you, the Contractor Series will impart Brandon Gordon’s year’s of experience in establishing yourself as a concrete countertop professional.


Gore Designs has been fabricating exceptional products from concrete for a number of years. Committed to the principles of green building, his firm has consistently ranked as one of the most innovative, both in terms of design and manufacturing processes. From translucent concrete to modular fabrication systems, Gore continually “breaks the mold” and has done much to establish this eco-alternative as a viable option for architects and interior designers.

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  1. Brandon Gore November 13, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Update as of 11/13/08:

    You can learn more about our industry-leading GFRC Concrete Workshops by visiting our training website at http://www.GFRCworkshop.com

    We have also unveiled a new product line that includes an in-depth GFRC instructional DVD as well as sink moulds and marketing products. To learn more, please visit http://www.ConcreteApothecary.com

    And as always, please feel to contact with any questions!

    Gore Design Co., LLC
    http://www.goredesignco.com
    +1 480 209-4241

  2. Brandon Gore October 26, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    Hello Everyone,

    It has been quite a while since we offered training classes, but we have scheduled 4 GFRC workshops (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete) for 2008. These are primarily aimed to train established concrete artisans, but would be viable for someone wanting to get into this field and leap-frog past existing competitors in their market. To learn more, visit our training website at: http://www.gfrcworkshop.com

  3. travis August 30, 2007 at 7:28 am

    do you use wwr to add tensile strength to your sinks? I have done several counter tops, and have been given the opportunity to create a bath sink.

  4. Brandon Gore August 27, 2007 at 12:42 am

    I thought I was going to make you a sweet desk out of steel, wood and concrete?

  5. CounterWeight Studios &... August 5, 2007 at 12:00 pm

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  6. JC July 31, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    B-
    Good to see your work is out there…
    Love the sink- maybe you could throw one in my next remodel if you have time!
    Keep kickin a**!!
    JC

  7. brandon gore May 30, 2007 at 1:36 am

    lol hey u have my name thats pretty sweet dude no jk

  8. Brandon Gore May 15, 2007 at 2:59 am

    Hello Tommy,

    I’m not sure who you are referring to when you say “you guys”, but we do not complain about competitors in our area, or any area for that matter.

    In regards to seminars, we no longer offer training, but not because we want to restrict knowledge, but for the simple fact that we simply do not have the time. I wish we did, I truly enjoyed training other enthusiastic artists.

  9. tommy May 10, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Whats funny is you guys complain about all the competitors in your area but you put on seminars??? I dont get it. All these seminars that EVERY decorative concrete supplier/company puts on just gives birth to multiple lowballers that underbid every other established company that does good work.
    So why would you have a seminar? That makes no sense at all to me. All you are doing is hurting your own countertop business.
    These seminars are what is causing the explosion of new companies with zero experience. These seminars (not just concrete countertops) are ruining this industry. They should be for licensed contractors only, not for every joe blow off the street.

  10. margie gonzalez April 21, 2007 at 12:11 am

    I would love to take the concrete camp and learn what I can.

    Thanks,
    Margie Gonzalez

  11. Brandon Gore April 18, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    Hello Chris,

    Please contact our studio to discuss your project further.

    Thanks,

    Brandon Gore
    Tel: 1. 480 209 4241
    brandon@goredesignco.com

  12. Chris Bohannon April 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I would like to buy an erosion sink. Actually I would like it to run in a ramp formation in a rectangle formation… where can i find one?

    thanks,
    Chris

  13. Robert C.Kao March 6, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Re: Concrete/Garden Curing Blanket
    Dear G.Manager
    We are a manufacturer of Removal blankets, Concrete/Garden Curing Blanket,fire blanket and oil spill/absorbent materials, in Tongxiang,P.R.China. There are 150 workers in our factory now, and there are 35 techniquers and engineers in our factory.Our products already export all the world.

    Removal blankets/furniture blankets/pads are manufactured from a blend of recycled wool and cotton waste into a strong and hardwearing and one-off blanket for use in the furniture removal ,storage industries and building road.
    We would like to set up a good business relation with your company long term and welcome you to visit our factory soon. If you are interested to order our products ,please contact us early! Our price of Removal blankets is USD1.53/pc CNF your port.Its size is 1.45m x 1.85m x 8mm,350gsm.Concrete Curing Blanket’s price is USD0.50/m2 CNF your port.
    We are looking for a big buyer in your market,we hope you are our buyer !!!

    May you reply us and send us your samplies of new order or purchase the year? Come here ! Let’s cooperated in future or long term!!

    We are awaiting to hear from you and thanks for your cooperation in the future. We plan to visiting your company and meet you soonest!!

    Best wishes and regards

    Robert C.Kao

    Tongxiang Wuzhen Jxy Oil Absorbent Materials Factory
    No.104-03 Shaoxi Apartment,Wuzhen Town
    Tongxiang City, Zhejiang 314501
    P.R.China
    Tel :0086-573-2051-238
    Fax:0086-573-8715-877
    Attn:Mr.Robert C.Kao
    Email:k_chenghai2000@sina.com.cn
    http://oilabsortJxy.en.ecplaza.net

  14. Brandon Gore January 25, 2007 at 1:15 am

    Hello Friend,

    Thanks for the heads up. Luckily I caught it last night. Apparently we had a huge increase in web traffic from the Dwell Magazine exposure, so I had to upgrade my account. I’m not complaining though, it’s not a bad problem to have =)

  15. a friend January 23, 2007 at 1:32 am

    Hey Brandon, just thought I’d let you know, it looks like you forgot to renew your .Mac account…

  16. Brandon Gore January 2, 2007 at 2:42 am

    Hello Michael,

    In regards to training, there are several companies that train how to make concrete countertops. We used to offer this service, but found it to be too time consuming with a busy production schedule. The problem with training classes is that students tend to copy the style of the trainer once they leave. I can tell where most companies trained by looking at their work. Since you already work in architectural pre-cast I would recommend that you just start experimenting with forming countertops, taking the time to make sure the molds are water tight. Work on developing a style that is all your own. There are many companies entering this field, the ones that will survive will be the ones that are unique. If you have any technical questions, feel free to drop me an email.

    Happy New Year!

    Brandon Gore

  17. Michael Holmes December 23, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Brandon,
    Very interesting work you have chosen, what a great opportunity to not only be creative but to provide an essential product for every home owner. We manufacture architectural cast stone here in Florida and have had requests for concrete counter tops, we have little to no background experience in this field and wonder if you could point us in the right direction? Your reply will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Michael Holmes

  18. Brandon Gore December 21, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    In regards to our classes, we have now formally phased out all classes and have no intention at this time of scheduling classes for 2007.

    To answer your question Mary, each sink is custom made to client spec’s, no two are ever the same. I would need all the details of the piece you are looking to have created to give you an estimate. Feel free to email me through our website, http://www.goredesignco.com

    Merry Christmas,

    Brandon

  19. Mary Yamada December 10, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    I am a potential customer; lucked onto this website and my attention was piqued. Can you give me more information as to cost? I live in Florin, California.

    Best regards,
    Mary Yamada

  20. Jey York November 14, 2006 at 12:32 am

    Is this something that a hands on person can do or are these classes designed for people “in the business”?
    I really love the idea and look of the bathroom sinks and would like to be able to get into it more. Thanks

  21. Brandon Gore October 16, 2006 at 2:06 am

    Hello Cody,

    So many new competitors! That’s ok, concrete is here to stay.

    In regards to your questions Cody, yes, our business continues to expand at an exponential pace. We continue to redesign and upgrade our studio to keep up with demand.

    Over the years we have tested most every sealer on the market. We now use a combination of sealers to create a nearly stain-proof countertop that rivals or exceeds Sonoma’s products.

    To respond to your question about classes, that market segment is becoming ever more saturated. Every concrete company is starting training classes. Our classes are unique in what we train. However, due to an increase in our production schedule, we will be phasing out most of our classes next year.

    Let me know if you want to get together over some beers to talk shop.

    Be sure to check out our newly redesigned website http://www.goredesignco.com

    Take care,

    Brandon Gore
    Gore Design Co., LLC
    Tel +1 (480) 209 4241

  22. Jim Ralston October 1, 2006 at 7:01 am

    Hey Brandon,

    Dont forget we had a verble agreement on workshops. I see you have done a few and GFRC I assume.
    Remember who introduced you to GFRC? :)

    Jim R

  23. Tim September 25, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    Brandon Gore is a Genius !!!!!

  24. Cody, Carpenter September 25, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    Hey Brandon
    Cody here with (aci) architectural concrete interiors. I see that your company is really begining to expand itself. Our company is dragging a little at this time. We are in design review with the city of phoenix for a building that will be going up as soon as the city pulls there heads out of there you know what, so we are a bit behind on the build. Our showroom and shop will be located on 11th st and indian school rd. We were supposed to be completed with the build by the start of winter and it looks as if now it looks more like next summer oh well what you going to do. We are now looking for a larger temporary space seeing as how space is the key element in this business. I really like what you have done with the company keep it creative. I am constantly worried about what the future holds for the precast concrete industry now that so many people are becoming involved in trying to start there own companies. I feel in time that the material in time will come to its point of being cheepend by our competetors. We have got to stick to good design to keep an edge on the others and keep the material custom. I am curious to know how your training courses are going? We would like to start some of our own in the near future. I am curiuse to know about the types of sealers that you are using now. I know that Sanoma cast stone has developed a great process of sealing therer pieces without ruining the finished look of there pieces . I am determined to disover the process and its only a matter of time. I was able to see tub cast with there aka new crete system. Anyhow there was a pretty good sized chunk that had been chipped off of the top edge of the tub wich revieled a coating . It appeared to be a matt finished poly eurathane. The application process that they are using is great smooth as a babys but . Not easy to do . Maybe they have dust free spay booths for applying with lphv sprayers. seems like alot of bull but I guess it would be worth it in the end seeing as how all of these other sealers and fortification products dont quite cut it.We have been using a solvent based penetrating sealer 511 porus plus from miricle sealants company wich we found to work quite well until you get to the acidic products wich are commnly used in kithchens. Etching is the enemy. We are going to go back to a water based acrylic topical sealer in our kithchen peaces wich iI had some pretty good results with, the cost of the sealer is much less than the other about 1/3 the cost . the penetrating is $145.00 per gallon. This industry needs to develope a highly if not completly stain proof and acid resistant material so the homeowners dont have the burden of maintaining there peices constantly. People in time may end up turning there heads from the material in certain appliations. No good. Anyhow I could go on all day but Its time to get to work. Your Phoenix concrete counterpart aci

  25. Timothy Lachcik September 10, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    Wanting to learn how to make my own concrete sink

  26. Brandon Gore July 15, 2006 at 5:10 am

    Oops, those last images did not load. Here are the additional images of our original Erosion Sink:

    Clickable Links:

    http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f161/brandongore/goreerosionsink2.jpg
    http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f161/brandongore/goreerosionsink1.jpg

  27. Brandon Gore July 8, 2006 at 2:56 am

    Good Evening All,

    Renee, to respond to your comment: We are always working to make our already eco-friendly products even more green. GFRC has done much to meet this goal. We use about 1/4 the amount of materials in creating our designs in comparison to traditional concrete fabrication methods. In addition to this, we are always testing new mix designs. We have endeavored to use metakaolin, fly ash and silica fume, when possible, in our mix designs, depending on the application. I assure you there is not a lesser evil available.

    I hope this helps. And thank you Doug for the kind comments. We look forward to training individuals such as yourself that share the same level of passion for design, and commitment to innovations.

    On a side note, we are preparing to create an entire line of our original Erosion Sink in varying shapes and sizes. A trough sink will also be available. In addition to creating these pieces and shipping nationwide, we will sell our molds to select high-end concrete artisan firms so that they too can offer these designs to their clientele. Look for this line to be available this Fall.

  28. doug July 6, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Hello-

    I just completed training at Gore Design Co. and was completely blown away. Brandon and his employees have helped bring the life back to our company. We started our company with a vibrant attitude toward design and innovation, but the creativity quickly dissipated and we started producing basic slabs–somewhere along the way it became a job.

    Brandon is a true expert in this field and exhibits an almost endless passion towards innovation both in and out of his shop.

    If you love the sink–take his classes. Brandon is full of ideas that blow this sink away!

  29. Renee July 5, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    I am dissapointed and suprised that there is no mention of fly ash or slag when discussing the green potential in concrete. These materials are by-products of the coal and steel production industry and can be used as subtitutes for portland cement in concrete mixes. Recently, my company (a structural engineering firm in Berkeley, California) used a 70% slag mix which represented a 45% reduction in CO2 production (including material production and transportation) as compared to a normal portland cement mix…

    LOVE THE SINK!

  30. Brandon Gore July 4, 2006 at 6:10 am

    Good Evening,

    Thanks for the posts. To answer your questions:

    The sink pictured is our “Erosion Sink”. In actuality, it is very easy to clean as the transitions between layers are very smooth and rounded. This was an original piece we designed for a client that has commissioned several other pieces in the past. He has been very happy with the sink over the past year.

    In regards to concrete being green: Concrete is, in itself, a green option for countertops. There is no perfect material, and of all the materials, I believe concrete is the least harmful for the following reasons: Concrete does not outgas VOC’s. The ingredients are most often quarried locally, so there is very little embodied energy in comparison to other materials, such as granite. All of the materials quarried are used, unlike other stones that have a tremendous amount of waste. The life cycle of concrete is extremely long.

    At Gore Design Co., we take the eco-friendly aspect of concrete very seriously. We precisely measure all ingredients so there is little to no waste. We use a minimal amount of water, and the little water we do use to clean and polish is filtered. We use a product called GFRC. GFRC countertops use about 1/4 the amount of materials compared to traditional concrete, hence dramatically reducing the amount of portland. All of our pigments contain no heavy metals. We incorporate reclaimed materials such as glass and metal and incorporate the products into our pieces.

    In Arizona, our green building program lists the following 2 options for countertops. We meet both requirements ( http://www.ci.scottsdale.az.us/greenbuilding/ ):

    10.5 Recycled content countertops. Recycled content counter tops conserve new resources and reduce waste in landfills.

    10.6 Concrete or regionally quarried and processed stone countertops. Use of local/regional materials reduces costs and pollution related to transportation from other areas.

    I hope this helps to explain why concrete is a green material. If you have any further questions, about concrete, our products or our classes, please feel free to email us at info@goredesignco.com

    Thanks,

    Brandon Gore

  31. Sheldon July 3, 2006 at 8:39 am

    Hmm, from my understanding, concrete is amongst the most ‘ungreen’ materials that you can get, not because of what it is but in the processing to create it (the quantity of energy). Going through the Gore website, and its ‘RecycreteT” which seems to be pushed as an eco material; it is unclear what is environmentally friendly about it (the closest was a reference to recycled glass in the FAQ).

  32. Kenny July 2, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    That sink is just awesome! Can you imagine cleaning it though? Some things just aren’t feasible, still a cool idea though!

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