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Conversations with Johnny Cobb

Today we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Cobb.

Hi Johnny, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I have been going to work with my father since I was young and learned how to do so many things with my hands as the years went on. We mainly poured concrete driveways and patios, but because of this work, I learned how to apply these principles to other crafts.

I am one of the few that actually uses the Geometry they taught you in school every day. While my father and I still pour patios and pool decks and foundations, I have branched out to a business where I can be more creative and give people something unique and high-quality in their homes.

Concrete countertops have been something I dreamed of doing for a long time, and within the last few years, I’ve really pushed myself to get them going.

I have been doing outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, planters, and tables. I have many different finishes and colors that I work with, and it is so fun and rewarding to see what I can make to make someone’s home complete.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not always been a smooth road. Starting 5 years ago, I started a family and had to work my normal job to pay the bills all while starting this which meant working at night.

We all know, the heat down here is very unforgiving on those days outside, and then I would have to come to the shop to make countertops.

I love this work, so it wasn’t really working, but I did miss family time. But anyone with two jobs knows it’s not easy, and at least one of mine was my passion. I am still grateful for the support from my family and clients.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in concrete countertops for indoor/outdoor kitchens. I can make them look a variety of ways from a smooth finish, to ones with exposed rock or glass or oyster shell.

The ones with oyster shells and glass are a fan favorite down here. I am somewhat of a perfectionist, so I have to be completely satisfied with a piece before I install it. I am extremely proud of the work I send out because so much time and labor and love go into them.

My work sets me apart from others because they are unique and made specifically for the intended space. Everything is custom-built and measured to fit perfectly even in an imperfect space.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Spending time with my family makes me happy.

I’ve got two young kids and we love to spend time in our camper and in our backyard just hanging out. My favorite is when they come into the shop before bedtime and hang out with me.

I also am a workaholic; I’m always moving. So when I make a piece, it really does make me happy to see the client happy and the piece really completes the look.

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Johnny Cobb and Lindsay Cobb

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