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Ancient Concrete

Concrete is a superb, noble and ancient building material. It is a product which, when cured, develops 90% of its strength in a month and then continues to strengthen over the next 100 years.

The Coliseum and Aqueducts of Rome are well known and excellent examples of the longevity and beauty of concrete. Today, in the world of garden planters, manufacturers often refer to this simple and elegant material as ‘cast stone’. The correct term is concrete, and it needs no apology or beautification of its name.
Production
The proprietary process by which our planters are manufactured is unique. Each piece is hand built on a wheel not unlike that of a clay potters wheel. Dense, polymerized, high strength concrete is hand packed on top of an interior mold and completely reinforced with a web of galvanized steel.

Unlike the casting process, no exterior molds are used and there no seam lines on the surface. The placement of steel is precisely controlled and is therefore used to its maximum utility, producing the strongest garden planters available. Each piece is cured out in a temperature and humidity controlled environment and then sandblasted.
Production
CUSTOM DESIGN & DETAILING
We can make any number and shape of custom pieces. If it is round or oval, we can create it. Because we fabricate every aspect of new molds ourselves, from building the custom, interior molds to steel shaping and welding of the templates and turntables, our custom piece charges are more reasonable than most.

Our coloring process is also done entirely by hand, piece by piece. We manufacture our own high strength, pigmented concrete finishes which are hand applied, hand sanded, rubbed, dyed and acid washed to create the one-of-a-kind, craftsman like look.

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