Monday, April 16, 2012

Creative Concrete Ornaments For The Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More By Sherri Warner Hunter

Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More

Creative Concrete Ornaments For The Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculpture & More By Sherri Warner Hunter

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Product Description

Sherri Warner Hunter, author of the bestselling Creating with Concrete, proves once again that concrete isn't just for sidewalks anymore; it's perfect for the garden too. A selection of 30 beautiful designs suggests the range of this increasingly popular material, and the illustrated instructions make the craft's fundamentals easy to learn. The simplest projects come first, so beginners can work their way through the book progressively, building on their skills. Projects include a carved trough, sandcast bowl, elegant relief panel, and--for more skilled crafters--a decorative walkway, sculpture, and water feature.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #20588 in Books
  • Published on: 2012-03-06
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .0" h x .0" w x .0" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 176 pages
Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
Hunter introduces the fundamentals of concrete within the context of craft, familiarizing novices with the tools, equipment, mixing methods, and safety precautions used with the most common general-purpose cement, Portland Type I. She moves from a brief history to discussions of aggregates such as pea gravel and marble chips to mixing and finishing, woodworking, and metalworking. Starting with the basic mix, readers will find recipes for 21 varieties, and an initial project: casting a simple bowl. Hunter moves on to flexible molds and various core materials used to produce landscape statuary and concrete columns. The basics of cement carving are covered, as are techniques for texturing the surfaces of outdoor chairs and garden sculpture. Each of 25 projects, advancing from beginning to intermediate and advanced, is explained step-by-step, while color photographs of details and settings enhance the imaginative possibilities suggested in this valuable garden craft volume. Whitney Scott
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About the Author

Sherri Warner Hunter is an author and mixed-media sculptor who has been working with concrete for over a decade. Since 1994, she has concentrated on creating large-scale public sculptures, and her work can be viewed at the Nashville International Airport, the children's courtyard of the Memphis/ Shelby County Public Library, TN; and the TigerTown shopping complex in Opelika, AL.  She lives in Bell Buckle, TN.

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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful.
5Thorough and Inspiring
By Mary Copeland
I am thrilled to have this book. I knew people were doing this type of work, and I have wanted to know how. Other books have provided bits & pieces, but Sherri's book is THOROUGH. Each time I came up with a question in my mind as I was reading, the answer would be on one of the next pages. After reading through her book, I feel confident and inspired to take on projects I had been afraid to tackle. She shows a wide variety of projects -- her instructions are CLEAR and easy to follow. I shared this with my sister (out of state) & her comment was, "I can't believe you let loose of this!" A truly inspiring book!

82 of 89 people found the following review helpful.
5Both practical and beautiful...
By Fred Jaques
I like this book because it has very detailed "how to" instructions to make concrete ornaments for your garden. The "how to" illustrations are very clear. The photographs of actual designs are beautiful.

38 of 44 people found the following review helpful.
5Perfect for Beginners to Experts
This has been one of the most enjoyable creative books I have purchased in a long time. I orginally got it for my business which is moving into concrete molding and casting. I knew my mom would thoroughly enjoy it and immediately bought and Amazon sent her the gift copy. She LOVES it too and has already played around with some of the ideas in her desert garden. So thinking about it...I decided to buy my own copy! Next summer I plan on doing several of the creative ideas in it, but with my own artistic twist. I can't wait!

So purchase a copy and get ready to play in concrete knowing all the details necessary to have a successful, artistic outcome!


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