Molding Mud Custom Concrete Work
By Chelsea Chambers
Photos Emma Thompson
From wireless internet to custom concrete design work, Dave Daniel has done it all. Daniel, originally from Detroit, got his start in the concrete world while being a partner at a successful wireless internet business. His friend, Clint Isaacson, had been doing concrete work on the side and encouraged Daniel to try it as well. He quickly realized that he had a passion for the creativity and challenge of custom concrete design.
After moving around for a while, Daniel decided to return back to Boise, where he had a lot of friends from high school. He set up his shop, Molding Mud, on 44th Street four years ago, and within a year had to upsize to a 9000’ shop on 40th Street, where he is today.
What Daniel loves most about his career is two-fold—his employees and his customers. “I have the greatest employees and Molding Mud would be nothing without them. Some of these guys have been with me over a decade and followed me from Jackson to Washington and then Boise. I’m so thankful. Second is working with and making clients happy. From coming up with design concepts to the installation day, we strive for excellence. I love collaborating with homeowners, designers, contractors and other trades to accomplish a goal. I’ve been so lucky to have worked with some over the best over the years. We’ve had some fun clients including Microsoft, Amazon, Pearl Jam, Chateau St Michelle, Teavana, several actors and actresses, NFL players and are even working on a project now that we will load up in shipping containers and ship over to an island off of Antigua,” Daniel explained.
Inside the Molding Mud Process
“Molding Mud works by first gathering information from the client to get our minds around exactly what they are looking for so we can deliver that at the end. A lot of our clients bring us their ideas that they had, or their designers have, and we work form that. We now also offer full design services in house and can take your ideas from concept to reality with 3D renderings. We do everything from one-off powder rooms to full commercial projects. For counters we usually come on site and template or take measurements. We then manufacture everything in the shop and bring back out to install.”
Molding Mud offers “counters, sinks, back splash, outdoor kitchens, bathtubs, fireplace surrounds, wall panels, shower walls, benches, furniture, tables, trim, restoration, replica pieces, and just about anything else you can think of made of concrete. We specialize in complex builds and installs. We just installed a sink with seamless vanity built in that 13.5 feet long and weighed 2100 pounds in Jackson, WY,” Daniel said.
The sky is the limit when it comes to their abilities and your own personal creative design.
For more information about Molding Mud, visit them online at MoldingMud.com, follow them at instagram.com/moldingmud or stop in and check out their showroom at 110 East 40th in Garden City.