Thompson said her company got started by accident. “I saw a chemically stained floor in an Einstein Bagels store and wanted the look in our new home,” she recalls. So she took a class and did the work herself. Her brother-in-law's home followed and word-of-mouth brought more work. Her company started 3½ years ago and she says she's never advertised. Her work is now about 50% commercial and she prefers hard-to-achieve artistic projects that others tend to steer away from.
For her demo she created a floor for a home theater area by first engraving pattern lines using a diamond blade on an angle grinder. Next she stained the slab with chemical stains—achieving some of the variegated appearance by placing stain over cypress mulch arranged on the slab. Then she engraved the more delicate features such as the film and film reels. In order to provide more vivid coloring, she used water-based stains to highlight these areas.