Blasdel and Hogue built a bar that would be found near a swimming pool. It featured a concrete countertop and vertical overlay cement to create a bamboo roof and simulated rock panels—even barnacles shown on the lower left.
Joe Nasvik Blasdel and Hogue built a bar that would be found near a swimming pool. It featured a concrete countertop and vertical overlay cement to create a bamboo roof and simulated rock panels—even barnacles shown on the lower left.

Blasdell and Hogue don't work together on contracted projects but they team up to provide training for contractors in the northwest and both of them love to do themed concrete work. Hogue says they don't perform a lot of this work but are marketing to clients to do more. Both companies install concrete countertops on a regular basis. He adds that people consider themed work around swimming pools, barbecue pits, or alongside lakes.

Their work at the Artistry Demos was ambitious. When their 10x10-foot pad was cast before the show started, they were present to form and cast a step riser integral with their slab. Then they built a bar cabinet on the upper riser area using a variety of products and techniques to complete their work. This included casting a concrete counter-top, using overlay cement to cast a roof over the bar carved and stamped to resemble bamboo, casting concrete to look like barnacles, and coloring with chemical and water-based stains.