It all started because I love my wife
How we started
A Deep Belief That She Deserves The Very Best
It all started because I love my wife.
When we moved into our first home we needed furniture to fill it. I think my wife deserves the best of everything so a 'cookie cutter' dining and coffee table weren't going to cut it but I humored her request to see what was out there. We would look around at all the mass produced tables and think, "There's no way I'm paying 12 to 15 hundred dollars on that."
So I began my search for how I could make her an awesome, one-of-a-kind coffee table (you have to start small after all).
After several months and countless hours of research I decided to go with concrete. I watched every YouTube video on the subject I could find and read just as many articles. After a couple (and by a couple, I mean a lot) of mistakes and learning the hard way, the coffee table turned out better than we even thought it would.
We loved it so much, Melanie had to have a matching dining table big enough to seat eight (yeah...no prob, babes). This glorious monstrosity measured in at 7 feet long by 4 feet wide by 2 inches thick and weighed roughly 550 pounds (go big or go home, right?).
After these "successes", we continued to have people tell us we should make and sell them. Word of mouth started to grow and we had people request tops of different types.
After completing a large outdoor countertop in New Port Richey, FL, for an amazing couple (and with lots of encouragement on their part), my wife and I decided to give this crazy passion of mine a real go. Shokunin Artisan Concrete was born (name meaning explained here).
We felt formal training was needed to transition from hobby to profession. YouTube D.I.Y. concrete is great for small projects and people wanting to mess with a pretty cool material and have some fun but the majority of the info out there is either wrong or misleading. The Concrete Countertop Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina was the school we decided to go with because of my affinity towards their teaching methods. The class allowed us to offer a stronger, lighter, and much more versatile concrete in order to really bring peoples' imaginations to life.