Each piece of faux bois garden furniture I create starts with a pile of rebar and bags of cement. I do not use molds or stamps. My designs are all original. When it comes to technique, I go “Old School”.
Step 1: It all starts with a pencil sketch. I work with my clients to create a one-of-a-kind piece for their tastes, setting and climate, making sure the design will be comfortable, beautiful, and long-lasting.
Step 2: I shape and weld steel rebar to conform to my desired design.
Step 3: I coat the rebar with a bonding agent/rust converter and cover the rebar with diamond lath (diamond patterned metal mesh).
Step 4: I mix strong “structural” grade cement and press it into the lath, roughly sculpting the basic shapes.
Step 5: I apply a top coat of concrete paste with no aggregate which allows me to get a high level of detail to create realistic looking wood.
Step 6: The piece is properly cured with heat and moisture.
Step 7: Finally, I color and seal the faux bois against moisture.