Mitchell Bink, a Concrete Countertop Institute student living and working near Canberra Australia, has known he wanted to work with concrete for years. Long before he joined us for the 5 day Ultimate course last year, he was tinkering around making concrete creations on his own. He wanted to make a business out of this newfound passion, but also knew his product wasn’t yet up to the high standards he sets for himself, so he waited until he had the training and skills to do concrete countertops (benchtops, as the Australians call them) right. That time is now, and business is thriving.
Just a few weeks ago he hired his first worker to keep up with the growing demand for his products. Each week the phone rings a few times more than the week before. Business is booming, and when you see Mitchell’s stunning countertops you’ll surely know why. Isn’t his work gorgeous?
His Biggest Project to Date
Mitchell shared with me some of his experiences working on a recent project for a local café. The architects behind the project loved concrete benchtops and wanted the modern looking café to feature a lot of concrete work. Mitchell created the countertops, benchtops, and tabletops for this cute café.
The sheer magnitude of this project made it quite the logistical challenge. Mitchell needed to create a lot of big pieces, and he didn’t have much time to do it as the job required a very short turnaround. Not only is this job Mitchell’s biggest project to date, but it will remain an excellent exposure opportunity both for the beauty of concrete and for Mitchell’s skill in working with it.
Try and Try Again
Looking back over his journey over the past year, Mitchell is excited about where things are headed and how far he has come. His favorite part of taking training courses is coming back to his own environment afterwards and putting his new training to practice. It is one thing to learn how to do something, but until you actually try it in your own shop it is just knowledge, not yet a skill.
High Standards Build the Concrete Industry One Project at a Time
He hopes that fellow concrete artisans will aspire to high standards and quality work. “It doesn’t help anyone if you produce products that aren’t up to par. It makes the industry look bad.” Before his training with us he knew his product was lacking and so he waited. Now that he’s seeing success, he’s glad he did, because he can create countertops that customers will love and avoid dreaded callbacks due to cracking and other problems.
Thank you Mitchell for sharing your latest project with us.