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Earthen Plasters and Floors

September 12, 2022 - September 16, 2022


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.


September 12, 2022
September 16, 2022
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Abuela Gardens
4649 Bear Canyon Rd.
Willits, CA 95490 United States
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707 272-2929


Blair Phillips
707 272-2929
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