Tuesday, June 7, 2011


The Contractor Source is a huge supporter of our New Vertical Artisans E- Magazine.

Welcome to the Contractor Source!
Finding the right supplier, one that meets your needs for quality and service, can be difficult. Once you find the right the right supplier, it is even harder to find them at a competitive price. Now you have found us--The Contractor Source. This company was developed by contractors for the contractor. We know that our fellow tradesmen need affordable products that will complete jobs, specialized or not, in a timely and efficient manner. Our product engineers have spent years in the field and understand the need for products that ease job frustration and stress. This is our goal-- to provide you with the products that enable you to produce great job results. We strongly feel that our line of Tru Impressions products meets and exceeds that goal. We are a direct from manufacturer operation, which enables us to provide products equal to, or often better than our competition and at better prices. We offer decorative concrete stamps in a variety of patterns, concrete rollers, various color and sealer products, and a selection of other tools for all of your decorative concrete needs. If you do not see what you are looking for today, we would love to hear from you about what we could do to help. Contact us anytime.
Make sure to visit the Vertical Concrete section. 

The Contractor Source offers quality tools and supplies made for decorative concrete professionals, from concrete professionals. Our Tru Impressions concrete stamps, concrete overlay stamps, seamless skins, and concrete stamping border rollers produce superior results. When used with Tru Impressions concrete color hardeners, concrete release agents, and concrete sealers, you can only expect to get Tru Impressions. The Contractor Source is also a leader in the vertical concrete arena with a complete line of carving and texturing tools. Contractor Source also carries concrete integral colors, concrete flex forms, concrete float bars, concrete chutes, and professional grade finishing tools. When your decorative concrete stamping projects demand the best concrete supplies and tools, you can count on us to be your Contractor Source.

For the best training in vertical decorative training visit http://www.verticalartisans.com/ , also join our FREE forum at http://www.verticalartisans.ning.com/ .


The New Vertical Artisans E-Magazine that showcases some of the best artists and products in the vertical decorative concrete industry is now live. This magazine was created by long time trainer and artist Nathan Giffin of Vertical Artisans and Creative Rock Forming. This magazine allows the many artists to showcase their work on a two page layout. It also allows for suppliers and manufactures to share their products with the industry as well.

We invite you to take the time to browse through our magazine and enjoy the many different styles and design possibilities.

For the best in Vertical Decorative Concrete training visit http://www.verticalartisans.com/ , also join the FREE forum at http://www.verticalartisans.ning.com/ .

Saturday, May 7, 2011

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Vertical Decorative Concrete #117

Friday, May 6, 2011


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 Our stucco spraying tools are used to spray plaster, stucco, small scale shotcrete, papercrete, GFRC, earthen mixes and more. Stucco sprayers are used for traditional plastering and many alternative building methods. Stucco application with this hopper sprayer is efficient on traditional stucco, exterior stucco, straw bale, Earth bag, insulated panels, Surface Bonded Block and thin shell ferrocement. This mortar sprayer opens up the world of stucco application for small scale shotcrete, thinshell construction, LVSC (Low Velocity Sprayed Concrete) in structures like SCIPs (Structural Concrete Insulated Panels) and more. As a heavy texture sprayer, this tool is being used to spray popcorn texture using California Stucco. The range of this sprayer is from a heavy texture of 1/8″ up to 1″ thickness for structural layers.

The stucco sprayer (plaster sprayer) is useful on a scale from stucco repair to a complete exterior stucco coating. The result is often as fast or faster than using a stucco pump. This plaster sprayer will save you time and money up front especially compared to the high cost of a stucco pump. Spraying stucco with the stucco sprayer is also much easier than with a plaster pump. The Tirolessa USA sprayer costs less than the accessory package of a stucco pump. If your crew is less than 6 and you are not plastering every day, our stucco/plaster tool is the right choice.
The Stucco Sprayer Faster and easier than hand troweling!
The Stucco Sprayer Costs much less than a stucco pump!
The Stucco Sprayer Comes with two sizes of jets to match your compressor size!

“I had two guys mixing my mortar, and they still couldn’t keep up with me using the bigger jets on the Tirolessa USA Stucco Sprayer. A four day job took me one day to complete. I’m really excited about using this tool on my next job.” -Joseph Armeni of Conneaut, OH

We can help you learn how to spray stucco with our stucco tools. If you have any questions please email or call us. Whether it’s spraying plaster, needing guidance on mix design, stucco repair or stucco application we are here to help.

We are very fortunate to have many friends in the concrete construction business. We can probably answer your questions or know who to refer you to. If you have many experienced plasterers working full time, a stucco pump is a good tool in addition to our sprayer. It is all about scaling the tools to match the job. If you are considering purchasing a stucco pump, shotcrete pump, or gunite rig, feel free to call us first and we can talk about the scale of your construction project.



Last night I had a great time on the Vertical Artisans Webinar hosted by Nathan Giffin. The webinar was focused on the Bob Vila web advertising campaign put together to share our craft with the world. There were some great vertical decorative concrete artists on last night. They shared their thoughts and insights on the campaign along with the new Vertical Artisans Magazine that will be going live very soon. Just to name a few
of the artist Dion Battles of Vertical Concrete Creations, Will Allen of Clarksburg, Ontario Canada, Christian Maucieri of Concrete Evolution based out of Calgary, Alberta Canada, Rick Smith of Texas Concrete Solutions, Mark Whitten of Mason City, Iowa and many more talented artist. There are going to be many contributors in this magazine from product lines to innovative tools. Lines such as http://www.walttools.com/ , http://www.concreteearth.com/ and http://www.mortarsprayer.com/ were showcased in the draft of the first issue. Nathans idea of showcasing the artists and making their work the magazine is genius. Once the magazine is live it stays live for the duration even after the next issue is created and set live. The issues can be viewed at anytime and carry many linking options that you can’t get through many other advertising sites. The links can be added to your YouTube videos, Google Blogs, Websites, Face Book, Twitter, and many more. I thought the ideas of interaction in the magazine provides endless options to spreading our work throughout the net and created a useful tool educate our future clients. Creating a whole new audience of potential customers. All of the details on this campaign are located at http://www.verticalartisans.ning.com/ under the Bob Vila Campaign. This is a free forum that in it’s self has helped many of us stay connected
in the industry. The vertical decorative concrete industry needs this type of marketing to flush the market in areas that are lacking the coverage needed.
Jody Smith


What’s in the new Vertical Artisans Magazine? That is what I was thinking before I had an in depth conversation with Nathan Giffin of Vertical Artisans. I was excited about his approach to the new E-magazine by making the artisans the magazine. He will achieve his goal by showcasing the Artisans throughout the entire layout. Not only is it going to be loaded with many different styles of carving and colorations. Focusing on the many projects of artwork created by the many artisans featured. In our conversation he asked me to design the front cover of the very first magazine, I was honored and excited. In my approach to the design I wanted to focus on the creator of the magazine and show his very own talents of teaching the craft. I choose the project that Nathan created during a training class at the Rocketown Center located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. This training class was held during the Concrete Decor show of 2011. I have heard nothing but great reviews from the students and quests that had the opportunity to be a part of or just simply lay eyes on this remarkable project. I heard all of the reviews first hand being a member of the Vertical Artisans Forum and Vertical Artisans subscription site. The forum is a free forum allowing artisans to interact with one another and show their projects and share their advice in vertical decorative concrete. The subscription site is a training site that has over 145 training videos. It also allows you to learn from the best in the business by showcasing their talents on the Artisans Channel.

Nathan Giffin
If you are not a member you are missing out learn the many years of tips and tricks shared. This site also has the new feature of live chat with the admin. The VA magazine is also going to have some advertising opportunities for various tool and product lines that are interested in reaching the artisans. The advertisers in the first magazine are Mortar Sprayer, Walt Tools, Concrete Earth and more. This magazine is going to have great linking opportunities for the artisans and advertising sections. The links will provide internet exposure that this industry needs to educate the potential client in the many approaches of design available in this craft. I recommend that all the artisans chip in to this Bob Vila advertising campaign.Nathan Giffin shared that all of the past issues of the E-magazine will be archived for continuous viewing. Where else can you spend money on advertising that is always being viewed and used as a linking tool, now that’s value. I also like the fact that the value of the advertising grows along with the magazine. The links created will continuously spread throughout the web and show relevancy for the featured links. I think that this E-magazine has a lot to offer to anyone featured or using it as an advertising campaign. For all of you that have contributed, great job investing in yourselves.
Jody Smith