My ferrocement benches In Wilson Park, Fayetteville, AR
These Benches are placed around the much beloved "castle," which is titled Point 7 and is the creation of Frank Williams.
I did this one in late 1999. Applied cement in shop and moved to park
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|Summer of 2000. Made frame in shop and applied cement on location|
A New Bench Under Construction - November 2005
|The bare skeleton - over 500 feet of Rebar - 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch. Welded.||
The skeleton with the mesh wired on. It's on the trailer getting ready to go to the park
|Applying cement on a 70 degree late November afternoon. Scott Mashburn took the picture.||
View from the northwest- halfway through the second coat.
|The Castle in the background is the creation of Frank Williams. You have no idea how much people love that castle!|
Saturday Dec 3 2005
|The cement on the petals done in a yellowish buff with light orange and red orange applied all together using the colored cement on a trowel like paint with a pallet knife. then I smoothed them all together first with a plastic bag of fibers then a rag folded and dragged across the surface.|
|This is right after applying the cement, it will fade some as it cures out.|
In case you're wondering about materials and how much it cost, here's the breakdown:
exactly, down to the last shovelfulls, what I picked up at the concrete plant as a ton of mason's sand, so it was probably a little more than a ton. ($24)
4 bags of type s masonary cement, 2 bags of portland a half bag of white portland. ($78)
12 - 80 pound bags concrete mix for foots ($36)
12 sheets of lath, several small bags of fine nylon fibers nycon brand. a couple hundred feet of 17 guage electric fence wire($111)
maybe a bit more than 500 feet of rebar about 50/50 1/2" and 3/8" ($140).
1 quart yellow, 3/4 quarts green and dark green pigment powder SureCrete brand ($60).
approx 1 quart Solomon brand apple red. ($15)
approx 10 pounds 7018 welding rods.($15)
total for materials alone not including fuel and incidentals:$479
I am wrapping it with plastic, blankets and tarps at night - also, I cut a wire into the sod (only about 30 feet, happily) to power a heater in case it gets too cold. Actually, I think I prefer cold weather to hot weather for this kind of work. Cement sets really fast above 90 degrees, and it wants to dry out fast, too.