Gain a thorough understanding of, and practical, hands-on experience in, making beautiful concrete countertops and other architectural elements as we design and fabricate a real project.
On day one, we will pour a countertop already formed up so we can release and view it the next day. Day two will include forming up and pouring a second project. Reinforcing, mixing formulae, colorings, and finishing will all be covered.
Michael Paulsen grew up and attended high school in southern Vermont where he worked as a carpenter renovating historical sites in the Boston area. Mike went on to study human ecology at Greenfield Community College and received his bachelor's degree in Sustainable Community Development at Umass Amherst in 1994. Mike built and restored several historic steeples in New England before founding Stone Soup Concrete in 2001, while raising his two daughters Sienna and Meika. Mike has been teaching his craft at all levels for over fifteen years at his shop in Easthampton, Massachusetts, the Heartwood School for Timber Framing in Washington, Massachusetts, and Yestermorrow Design Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont. Mike and his girlfriend recently purchased a home in Chester, Vermont, where Mike now lives full-time with their Australian Shepherd Nugget. When not working on Stone Soup projects, Mike enjoys training for and running ultra marathons, hiking, biking, and any adventurous endeavor that involves the outdoors.
Matt Sutter has worked with concrete counters for over a decade and teaching them since 2010. His focus is the design and hands-on fabrication of projects and is always excited to think through and complete three-dimensional and complicated formwork. With a design/build background and a Masters in Architecture degree from UMass Amherst he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and enjoys skiing and building HiFi audio systems in his free time.
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