Mike Byers of Black Tern Studio creates decorative concrete, countertops, fireplace surrounds, stair treads, tables, tables and more.
Most of the work is centered on concrete, but not your typical concrete. Every piece created includes high performance concrete. Specialized mixes help create concrete with much greater density, compressive strength, and flexural strength than you would find in a sidewalk for example. The range of colors and textures is nearly limitless. Most projects are polished to a silky smooth texture that invites touch. Various visual textures can be achieved by altering the grinding depth, aggregate used, and pigment color. One of the fun parts of working with concrete is the ability to place inlays into the concrete and then grind/polish them with the rest of the piece. The concrete used works well in a wide variety of applications. The list of items that can be made out of concrete may be even longer than the list of items that cannot.