The Hypertufa How-to Manual

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The Hypertufa How-to Manual, written by Claudia F. Brownlie, will show you how to make beautiful hypertufa objects to use in your garden. You can make stepping stones, spheres, rocks, roughs, sculptures, and pretty much anything you like. If done correctly, your creations will withstand all weather conditions and decorate your garden for years to come.

Hypertufa is pronounced ‘hyper-toofa’ and was first used in the middle of the 19th century. It’s made by mixing together various materials into a mud-like mixture that you can mold and shape in anyway you like. When it’s properly cured (dried) it will set into a hard, relatively light-weight, and freeze-proof ‘cement’.

The Hypertufa How-to Manual will tell you everything you need to know in order to become an expert on hypertufa preparation, curing, and molding.

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This has taught me exactly how to make tufa
Delia Haans (from Negley, USA) posted this review on July 21, 2014

The Hypertufa How-to Manual has helped me a lot in learning this fine art that every gardening enthusiast must know. I enjoy making tufa now just as much as I enjoy gardening. I’ve made tufa creations for some friends who love gardening too. The number one reason why I like this guide is that even the more intermediate parts seem like they’ve been written for beginners! Hahahaha! This has helped me a lot. I love the program and I’m glad to share it to everyone. I wanted to share some photos of my creations but I think the website won’t allow me to do that.

The manual is simple, but you get what you need from it
posted this review on September 14, 2013

Well, the manual is very simple, but I like it more than others for the same reason. Here, I learned only what I needed to learn. The instructions are very clear. I’ve never tried any handcrafting project prior to making my first tufa. I was surprised with what I came up with, my husband was surprised, and I sent a photo of my tufa to our daughter in college and she was surprised too. I just followed the instructions here blindly to come up with that! Now I have 4 masterpieces in the garden and planning another one of my own design.

This manual is so easy to follow, and very passionate about tufa
posted this review on May 3, 2013

Claudia’s love for what she does is clearly reflected in this book. It’s a detailed guide that takes hypertufa to the next level. As a fellow gardener, I know when someone’s passionate in turning her garden into an enchanted paradise. That’s what I see in Claudia. I am not as interested in tufa as others here, but it’s my goal to have a lovely garden, complete with decorations that will add to its magic. This manual taught me a lot on that. I have started making my first basic designs. I work on them when my garden doesn’t need much tending. I’m not very creative, but my husband and 2 daughters help me in that aspect. Sometimes my sister also comes over to join in the fun. It’s a nice thing to keep me busy while my husband is out working, and the kids are in school. Claudia deserves praises for coming up with this lovely instructional material that reflects her love for bewitching gardens.

I love tufa now more than ever
posted this review on April 30, 2013

This is a very easy to follow guide, and an entertaining read. I found myself drawn into making tufa so much because this really enticed me to do so. I’m so happy with the kind of work I’ve come up with. I have learned so many tips and tricks from the book, including some precautions. It’s complete and it’s certainly great for beginners.

Claudia is our tufa queen!
Ryza Porter (from Rumsey, USA) posted this review on April 25, 2013

Claudia’s tufa manual is the bomb! The designs are lovely but easy to work on. You don’t have to be a sculptor to create them. There are also a lot of tips for making tufa work easier. I love how Claudia simplifies the whole process for uncreative people like me. Hugs and kisses to Claudia, our tufa queen!

A fun way to spice up your garden!
posted this review on April 15, 2013

When I was looking at the tufa my friend has in her garden, I thought it took ages to make them. They looked so pretty, I thought they were so difficult to make. The Hypertufa How-to Manual changed my mind about tufas. They’re so easy to make if you follow Claudia’s step-by-step instructions. You also won’t have to spend that much money on your projects. It’s cheaper than buying premade lawn or garden decors, and you can add personal touches to each of your work. You can make from rocks to plant pots to your own little sculptures. There are so many designs to choose from. It’s difficult at first especially if you are going for intricate designs, but it’s fun so it’s ok. Just be prepared to mess up your hands, knees, and feet in the process. And don’t forget to be creative! Those gems you got from an old fancy jewelry can help you come up with a lovely new weatherproof décor for your garden.

I got that personalized touch in my garden without spending too
posted this review on April 14, 2013

I so love the tufa I came up with following the instructions in The Hypertufa How-to Manual. This is definitely made for beginners, but some of the lovely designs are also fun for intermediate tufa lovers. I love how the instructions here are simplified. You don’t have to have any experience in tufa to follow everything. It starts from the very beginning actually, from the moment you gather the materials to when you’re laying out your work on your garden. This is the first time I tried something like this because we overhauled the garden a little bit, and I was really excited to decorate it but didn’t have to extra cash for garden decors. With this, I got to save money on the decors and I also got to put a personalized touch on my garden. If Claudia had a hard copy version of this I would have bought that but it only comes in digital format, so I had to print it out and had it bound. It’s all worth the trouble when I look at the kind of work I came up with.

Ms Brownlie did an awesome job!
posted this review on February 10, 2013

It’s so fun making tufa! At first I just wanted to make ones to liven up my garden, but since I tried it, I couldn’t stop making more and more! hahahaha! The instructions in this book are graet! I’ve been looking at other guides online, like some tutorials, but I couldn’t understand them. This one made it so easy for me to make lovely tufa creations. My works adorn my garden now and I’m so proud when people appreciate how pretty they are. I’m not an artsy craftsy person so I didn’t expect to love making hypertufa this much, and I also didn’t expect to be this good at making them. I guess the guide’s really just awesome! Kudos to Ms. Brownlie for coming up with such a really good guidebook!

You'll learn the basics here and some simple designs to start wi
Chelle Roxas (from Durant, USA) posted this review on January 27, 2013

The instructions in The Hypertufa How-to Manual are easier to follow than others I’ve seen. Also, you won’t need expensive stuff to try this. I’ve seen other “free” tutorials on the internet but they only work if you buy certain products. That’s BS. With this, I get to create beautiful tufa without breaking the bank. Believe it or not, I now enjoy making tufa more than gardening itself. My garden is filled with beautiful pieces, and I give some to my friends. I make sculptures of anything and everything I want. I think I’m really good at this too! I think I’m talented in sculpting. Haha! Anyway, I highly recommend The Hypertufa How-to Manual if it’s your first time. You’ll learn all the basics here, and you’ll get a lot of simple designs to start with. After that, I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with just about any design you want.

Easy to follow and the designs are fantastic!
posted this review on January 24, 2013

The Hypertufa How-to Manual is very easy to follow. You will get everything you need to know from gathering your materials to working on your first few pieces. I’ve got a garden at home, and it’s now more beautiful than ever because of the lovely tufa pieces my daughter and I came up with. They really add life to a garden. Also, making the tufas is a stress relieve in itself. During cold or rainy days, when I can’t go out to tend to my garden, I just make tufas. Some I give to my friends, some I keep for when I want to remodel my garden. There are so many designs in this book t too that I’m pretty sure you’ll find something that will suit your taste. I’ve emailed Claudia requesting for another book with more designs. I hope she really comes up with a new one.

The instructions are very detailed and easy to follow
Yolanda Wilmington (from Wake Forest, USA) posted this review on January 3, 2013

I love making tufa! I attended this short course on gardening basics before and tufa was touched a bit. They didn’t get in detail with it, but I knew then that I’m gonna enjoy making tufa so much. When I found this book from online, I got it right away and started working on my art. I got all the materials needed first, and they’re quite cheap. I can’t believe it’s so expensive when you buy tufas that are premade. The instructions in the book are also really easy to follow. I just take them step-by-step. I started with the most basic designs, but it wasn’t long till I got to move on to the more advanced designs. It’s as fun as gardening itself. When I don’t have anything to do in my garden, I just make my own tufa! The perks of being a retired old woman!

I've come up with a lot of lovely artwork!
posted this review on December 21, 2012

My garden used to be incomplete because I didn’t know how to make tufa. The Hypertufa How-to Manual taught me how to make lovely tufa without spending much money. I spend really little money on my artwork, so I can make as many as I want. I also like that the ingredients and materials needed to make tufa are all safe. I’m conscious about chemicals because one of my aunts got cancer from fertilizer exposure, so I did my research and found out that the ingredients in here are guaranteed safe. This Christmas, I’m giving away tufa to other gardener friends as gift. Right now, I enjoy making tufa as much as I enjoy gardening. I’ve already come up with my own designs, and I’m planning to sell some soon. It’d be fun making some extra money doing something this fun!

I learned a lot of shortcuts from this book
posted this review on November 24, 2012

The manual is clear, and all the materials and steps are listed in an organized way. There are a lot of fun designs to choose from, and it made making tufa a lot easier. I remember the first time I tried coming up with some for my garden, it was a total mess. I learned a lot of shortcuts from Claudia, and now it’s a breeze to come up with lovely pieces. In fact, I’m making small ones as gifts to friends t his Christmas!

posted this review on November 2, 2012

The manual is very easy to follow. It helped me come up with awesome pieces for my mom’s garden. She loved them! The materials needed are also easy to find and cheap. I just hope they come up with a video of this so my mom can learn too.

This is perfect for tufa newbies
posted this review on September 27, 2012

I’ve been into gardening for a long time, but I never thought of making my own hypertufa until I saw my friend’s garden, and oh boy was I jealous! She has a lot of beautiful tufas in her garden, and they made it look more alive and it added a little texture and contrast to the greens and pinks in her garden. I asked her how she learned to make them, and she told me about this book. I read it right away, and in that afternoon, I caught myself buying some supplies, and I got to work right away. Hubby was stunned with what I came up with even if it’s my first time! This book has very clear instructions and brilliant design ideas. I’d recommend this for those who are discovering tufa for the first time.

I'm glad there's a resource like this on making tufa
posted this review on September 26, 2012

There isn’t much information about tufa available online and offline, so when I saw this, I immediately grabbed it. I’d say that’s been a good decision, since I’ve learned a lot from this book. it’s got easy to follow instructions and brilliant tips on making tufa. Even if you’ve absolutely no experience in it, I’m sure you’d c ome up with stunning pieces. I’ve already finished 4 in the short time that I’ve had this book. If I weren’t working fulltime, I’d have finished more.

The only resource you need for tufa
posted this review on August 10, 2012

I’ve made some pretty good creations using Claudia’s instructions. They’re so tough, my husband says I can use them as deadly weapons! I’m moving on to more advanced designs now, since I’ve already mastered the basics. If you’re considering making tufa, this is definitely the only resource you need.

Making hypertufa can't get any easier than this
posted this review on July 3, 2012

Claudia is such a darling. Her book is easy to read and it really has the beginner in mind. I’ve been into gardening for a long time, but I learned about tufa just recently. I think that Claudia did this book as a labor of love and that she left nothing out. It is just a bit overwhelming at first because the guide has a hundred pages, but once you get started it becomes very easy to follow.

This is very practical information for all gardening enthusiasts, and I really appreciate that Claudia went out of her way to write this for us. I’m very impressed, and it is worth every cent.



It is so well written and the explanations are so thorough. It is worth every penny and then some. Thank you!

Nancy C.

This is the best information on 'tufa I've ever found!

This is the best information on 'tufa I've ever found! I just finished the Master Gardener's class and this SHOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF IT!


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