These are the weathered hands of an artist, you can hate the finished product, and even call it 'blight' but you can not deny the method and skill of the man who created it. I patched a hole in my sidewalk and barely kept from losing a shoe in the slurry. Creating something decorative from cement is undeniably an art.
Once the first coat of cement is applied it is scored horizontally and vertically with a steel comb, to ensure better adhesion of the second coat. Butch always knew exactly how much mud he would need on his pan, and came down only to mix up fresh.