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Why you never plaster over a hole!

The trouble with having help in to do plaster work is that sometimes it doesn’t get done right. As straw bales wall settle, they sometimes shift. If you’ve left a hole–of any size–the plaster is going to crack, and presto, … Continue reading

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2014 Workshops

This year we’re offering two one-day workshops. Adobe Workshop – July 19, 10 AM – 3 PM – Learn the basics of making adobe, and adobe mud. Includes hands on building experience and mud mixing. Workshop will cover building an … Continue reading

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Plastering: Alis (or Aliz)

The interior plaster is done (everything but a few spots around the doors), so now it’s onto the next phase–the alis (or aliz) to smooth over the earth plaster. Like all plasters, first thing is to come up with a … Continue reading

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Snow, Rain and Natrual Fiber Plaster

We’ve been covering the main lodge with natural fiber plaster (it’s earth based, with straw, fine sand, and wheat paste in it), and then adding alis over that. The two coats of plaster were great, but the aliz smoothed over … Continue reading

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