Top: Buddy Rhodes is known for his “hand pressed” method of casting countertops. Bottom: The voids left by the hand-pressed concrete are filled with a slurry of a complementary color and then diamond polished.
Top: Buddy Rhodes is known for his “hand pressed” method of casting countertops. Bottom: The voids left by the hand-pressed concrete are filled with a slurry of a complementary color and then diamond polished.

Working with Heriberto Esquivel, his foreman and principal trainer, Rhodes demonstrated his precast “hand pressed” concrete countertop technique—a process he is known for. The first step involved the construction of a mold for a countertop with an integral sink. Using a concrete mix that they have developed, Rhodes and Esquivel placed handfuls of very low slump concrete, packing it into the mold. Pressing in handfuls of concrete produced random voids. After the concrete set, they mixed and placed a slurry concrete to fill the voids. The slurry can be colored to offer contrast, or the coloration can be subtle. When the slurry coat hardened, they diamond polished the counter and sink and sealed it all with a penetrating sealer.

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