Meeting the Sand Guys at World of Concrete
This week I had the privilege to watch two masters of their craft at work at World of Concrete. Although you might guess that concrete would be the material of choice at a concrete show, the Sand Guys create masterpieces from sand.
Rusty Craft and Kirk Rademaker do more than build the occasional sand castle at the beach – making the unique out of sand is their livelihood. The two sand artists from central Monterey Bay, Calif., were on hand at the Marshalltown booth during the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas to demonstrate the creativity of the trowel. Marshalltown makes hand tools and other products for use in concrete and other masonry jobs. The sand structure stands at the front of the company’s booth. “Take a photo – it’s here and then it’s gone,” said Craft of Sand Guys’ projects. “It’s like good food or music.”
In addition to trowels and other hand tools, power tools are important to the artists because everything they produce starts with a frame that needs to be built. “A good tool has to be an extension of your brain,” said Rademaker. “It has to feel like it’s part of your hand.” And so they’re particular about the tools they use, preferring Bosch power tools because of the those products’ great balance and ergonomic design. To further illustrate their preference for best-in-class tools, they buy their shovels direct from a manufacturer in Holland. Rademaker sums it up this way: “It’s the world’s perfect shovel; that’s why we use it.”
Visit sandguys.com to learn more about Rusty and Kirk and to check out their projects; it makes you want to find a beach and trade in the freezing winters for warm sunshine. You can also watch the Sand Guys on the Travel Channel on the show Sand Masters.