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[Cob] Clay Plaster Workshops in Harford County MarylandSigi Koko sigikoko at earthlink.net
Sat Sep 18 11:15:10 PDT 2010
CLAY PLASTER WORKSHOP IN HARFORD COUNTY MARYLAND Craig and Adrienne DeRan will be hosting two clay plaster workshops led by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design on October 2nd & 3rd, and again October 9th & 10th. Come and learn how to make beautiful clay plasters using on-site soils and apply the plaster onto strawbale walls! The house we are working on has many environmentally friendly features, including living roofs, super-insulating strawbale walls, in-floor radiant heat from solar hot water, and many reclaimed and recycled materials used in construction. WHEN: October 2 & 3 AND October 9 & 10, 8:30 to 5:30 WHERE: Pylesville, MD (Northern Harford County near the PA line) COST: $75 for the weekend ($45 for a single day) TO REGISTER: Please contact Adrienne DeRan by email (adrienne007 at hotmail.com) at or by phone (410-652-1231) to confirm that there is still space in the workshop. Directions and details on what to bring will be emailed to those who register about 1 week prior to the workshop event. CLAY PLASTER DESCRIPTION: Natural plasters provide non-toxic, inexpensive, and beautiful finishes that are durable and breathable. They are especially suitable as finishes for strawbale walls. Lime plasters/stuccos are particularly suitable for exterior finishes and earthen plasters are suitable for interior finishes or on well-protected exterior surfaces (or where maintenance is not a bad word). Earthen or clay plasters consist of a combination of clay and sand, and often also contains some fiber, such as chopped straw. Clay plasters are beautiful and durable for interior and protected applications, and provide additional thermal mass to interior spaces to help improve energy performance. WORKSHOP FORMAT: We will begin Saturday morning with an overview of earthen plasters. We will follow with a demonstration of the skills used to assess ingredients, mix plasters, and apply them to wall surfaces. Everyone will then be invited to get hands-on experience. Sunday will provide ample opportunity to practice what was learned on Saturday, with a full day of hands-on plastering. WORKSHOPS COVER: *Overview of natural clay plasters, including benefits and challenges *Site tour showing what prep was completed, particularly any lathing requirements *Demonstration on the art of mixing clay plasters, including how to assess on-site materials for suitability and how to determine mixing ratio *Demonstration of application techniques *Hands-on experience applying clay plaster to strawbale walls Please see our website for additional information about workshops taught by Down to Earth Design http://www.buildnaturally.com/EDucate/Workshops/WO-current.htm
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