Part 2: Applying Earthen Plaster — 6 Comments

  1. Hey Owen and friends,

    I have just thrown the stuff ont the wall with good results. One can cover a lot of ground in a short time with the scratch coat in this manner. Like you said, it is a very intuitive process, trust your instincts as far as water content and workability. On one building I worked on, we mixed the plaster with our feet on a tarp and also rolled the tarp. This is done right next to the wall and lobbed directly. Earthen plaster is amazing stuff. Thanks for sharing such valuable information Owen.

    • Good ideas, Jeff. Thanks for sharing. We did throw some plaster on. Most of the first coat was done like this: 1/2 throw, 1/2 smear, if that makes sense. In other words, the ball of plaster was plopped against the wall and immediately followed by an upward motion of the hand that left a relatively even surface. Then we smoothed the edges a bit to improve bonding.

      Mixing right next to the wall is another good idea. However, we had too many workers in the way for this.

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