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Pristine Cast Stone Perfection

Who Makes Archiped Classics’ Cast Stone Garden Ornaments?

Richard Stanzel

Richard Stanzel

Richard Stanzel,  our Co-Founder and President of Archiped Classics, along with his assistant artisan, personally casts each piece that is produced in our studio.  Finally, after casting, our highly skilled artisan spends an average of four hours in the cast stone hand-finishing process. He meticulously patches air bubbles, sands seams, and puts the finishing touches on each and every piece.

Why Does the Owner Cast Each Bench, Urns, Planters and Statuary? 

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Shelley Stanzel

First and foremost, at Archiped, we insist on quality. Still, after 27 years in business, Richard Stanzel has yet to find anyone whom he believes fully understands the nuance involved with mixing additives, gaging the water temperature during changing seasons, etc. Because of this, he and his wife, Shelley do not want to risk the chance that anyone could possibly make a mistake that would affect the impeccable standards that have come to be expected of Archiped products.  Therefore, Richard makes certain that everything that leaves our studio door is perfect.

 

Why Should I Care Who Makes Archipeds?

Edwin Vasquez, Hand-Finishing Artisan

Edwin Vasquez, Hand-Finishing Artisan

Companies who make high-end cast stone garden ornaments, planters and accessories possess an array of differences.  The key that sets Archiped apart is that everything we make is personally handcrafted by our owner.  To our knowledge, we are the only luxury cast stone company who personally hand makes each piece. Consequently, by providing our customers the opportunity to work directly with our owner, we are able to guarantee them that our products are of consistent quality with meticulous attention to detail.

In addition, it is crucial to us that our customers succeed in placing orders without the worry that the products will not be as advertised or seen in pictures.

Finally, we strive to ensure that Archiped lives to up to its reputation.  As a result, with Richard Stanzel’s hands-on approach, we guarantee pristine quality every time.

Patina of Cast Stone Garden Urns and Statuary - Archiped Classics

Patina and Cast Stone Garden Urns and Planters

Weathering is a concern when one is purchasing garden items, especially cast stone pots and planters. Some garden ornaments show tinges of weathering, whereas others develop a patina or have large spots of salt and mineral deposits leach through the walls.

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Archiped Classics Finds Concrete Solution in Rapid Set®

Oftentimes, an abundance of talent and vision alone don’t determine a business owner’s success. Many times, it’s sheer tenacity that takes natural ability to great heights. Take, for example, Archiped Classics Inc., the producer of fine cast stone urns, jardinières, pedestals, and garden ornaments for interior and exterior use, headquartered in Dallas.

Richard Stanzel, co-owner of Archiped Classics, began his concrete-based craft nearly 22 years ago with his wife, Shelley. After a promising first 10 years, Stanzel tried using a cement product in the late 1990s that provided some major challenges to their successful business.

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Do Elegant Urns Match with White Pianos?

“It’s a Hunk a’ Hunk of Burning Love” is a song made famous by …whom? Let me give you a hint: he’s the swinging singer with the swiveling hips who shocked the nation when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Stumped? Well if so, I have a sneaking suspicion that you are under fifty.

Those of us who are, ummm, shall we say mature, know immediately that Elvis Presley made the “Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love” song famous.

Side note: My brother is an Elvis fanatic and when he went to Graceland, he stayed in the Hunk a Hunk of Burning Love room at the hotel across the street. According to the hotel’s website, the Burning Love Suite features a rich, romantic decor (lots of red). It is inspired by Elvis’ 1972 hit record Burning Love and his status as a romantic idol.

I have a sneaking suspicion that our handmade designer urns wouldn’t be the best addition to the Graceland décor or to the Heartbreak Hotel across the street.

Graceland with Elvis inlay

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