Carved Vertical Concrete Retaining Wall

I hate looking at concrete retaining walls. When we built the house I knew something would have to be done to hide them. I took a class or two and waalah- a unique, OOAK carved wall. Much better.
We started with a blank wall and my husband wanted to add "bump-outs." That's the beginning of what you're seeing with the rebar. The hole you see at the top is for a waterfall (when we poured the wall and the upper patio we also added piping for this, and anything else you could possibly imagine).
I started in the corner and worked my way around. It took me a couple weeks to finish it. I worked alone most of the time. Mixing, throwing and carving wears me out so I don't get as far in a day by myself as I could if I had someone doing the mixing.
It also rained on me so I made a "make-shift" tent so I could continue working.
For the area directly under the stairs I had to be in the lake....yeah....I jumped out of my skin a couple times. The fish "hunt" right here around the edge and a good sized snake hangs out in some rock right near here. Stinkin' bass make a quick dart and splashed and I nearly came out of my boots!
Stained. Some clean-up to do but nearly done!
Except for the bridge. It's done!

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2 questions
  • Roger
    on Apr 1, 2018

    What mix of cement, sand, and water did you use?


  • Tina
    on Apr 19, 2020

    What material are you applying over the concrete?

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  • Pancho Rastello
    on Feb 4, 2020

    where did you take classes thru? I would love to learn how to do this! amazing!

  • Flipturn
    on Jun 2, 2020

    Seeing this brings back happy memories of the Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland!

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