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Earthen Plasters and Floors
September 12, 2022 - September 16, 2022$750
A great opportunity to develop your skills and understanding of earthen finishes, including:
- straw-clay base coat plasters for sculpting and protection,
- endless variations of clay finish plasters for durability and beauty,
- durable, water-resistant earthen floors.
These techniques are suitable for natural buildings including straw bale and cob, as well for “eco-renovation” of conventional homes, where they can add natural beauty, thermal mass for increased energy efficiency, and health-enhancing moisture modulation. Plus, they are fun, artistic, and inexpensive!
Each day includes many hours of hands-on skill building, with an emphasis on proper tool use, recipe development and testing, and site organization for efficiency and flow. Learn to find, test, and ecologically harvest your own clay; how to choose the most appropriate finish option for your building project; how to prepare various wall surfaces to improve adhesion; and how to design your home to make the plasters last.
Instructors include Michael G. Smith and Sasha Rabin. See web site for details, instructor bios, and discounts.