My name is Dick Sellan and I make garden stones out of concrete that are shaped like the State Of Ohio. Stones can be custom made in three sizes with a variety of colors, logos and sizes.
I am from Columbus and live in Westerville. I started the business one year ago.
I looked on the internet for a stone and couldn't find anyone who was making them. I taught myself how to make them, brought one to Roush Hardware in Westerville and we gave it a try. I was only making the large stone at that time and it was very successful. I read about Simply Vague in the Dispatch, they liked my product and I started selling them at the Tuttle store. I thought that I would try making other sizes so I made a medium sized stone and a small size, they were even more popular than the large size. Someone asked me to paint a block O on the stone for them and it was also well received. I tried different colors and that has also proven to be very successful.
I buy 60lb bags of concrete, fortify it with fiberglass, mix it, form it in a mold, remove it and let it cure. The stones are then processed to remove the top layer of concrete to expose the aggregate. Painted stones are coated with a concrete primer, dried, painted and sealed. The natural stones are given three coats of concrete sealer.