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Concrete Stamping Today by Chris Sullivan

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Commenting in the book on stamping tools Tom says: “The tool needs to look and feel sturdy,” says Tom Ralston of Tom Ralston Concrete, Santa Cruz, Calif. And the only way you can determine that is by touching and feeling the tool. He pays special attention to the handles and how they are molded into the tool itself. “The handles need to be thick and made from sturdy nylon,” he says.

 

CONCRETE Moves Uptown-San Jose Mercury News July 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011
San Jose Mercury News
CONCRETE Moves Uptown

seaweed-closeup-200Inside homes, the gray industrial sidewalk component becomes a colorful, functional work of art. By Joan Morris

Concrete, that construction world staple that fills driveways and discolors the cityscape with its industrial grayness, is showing up in an unusual place these days—inside our homes.

But it’s not the cold, bland concrete your may envision. In the hands of artisans—and with the use of dyes, acid, minerals, molds, forms, textures, finishes, polishes and sealers—concrete has moved seamlessly into kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, showers, fireplaces, even interior floors. It’s also a surprising green choice because old concrete can be recycled into new.

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Tom Ralston Concrete's Seaweed Saga!

Tom Ralston has brought a vast amount of his own creative energy to what most might regard as a pretty straightforward industry. With the growing diversity in the concrete industry of the 21st century, Tom Ralston continues to push the envelope with custom specialty projects that make this small town concrete contractor a force to be reckoned with on the national scene.

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World of Concrete--Best overall award 2012

Santa Cruz Sentinel--February 1, 2012

tom-w-president-ascc-in-20120-for-wow-awardSANTA CRUZ - Tom Ralston Concrete won top honors in January at the 2012 World of Concrete in Las Vegas, his first best overall award.

The winning project involved revamping a hillside in Saratoga, installing undulating concrete retaining walls, a series of scalloped concrete stairs, patios, a pool deck and fire pit.

Ralston claimed first place for "Cast in Place Specialty Finishes," then competed against 50 other entries in 11 categories to be chosen "Best Overall Decorative Concrete Project" in 2011.

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A Musical Surprise! August, 2004 - Santa Cruz, California

Tom Ralston has something to sing about. When his company's work has been featured in virtually every major industry publication, and is ranked 6th in the nation for decorative concrete in Concrete Construction Magazine's 2004 Top 100, it makes life just a little rosier. As Tom Ralston concrete continues to grow in the decorative concrete industry Tom understands the value of doing things with style.

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