Aug
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2014

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Plaster Master

by Tara

As it turns out, I really, really like plastering.

Tara Plastering

Sure, it has downsides: it is tiring. Lime turns my hair into a grey rat's nest. It chaps my hands and dries them into rough, old-person appendages, and makes it so that the slightest of bumps causes my shrunken skin to burst apart into painful scrapes and cuts that fill with stinging plaster. And solo plastering on a sunny day is pretty much impossible.

Tara Plastering Strawbale Wall

But, when the circumstances are right, I actually enjoy it. I love watching straw and holes and grossness get covered up with a substance the texture of whipped buttercream. It seems to combine the pleasures of two hobbies I've known and loved for much of my life: ceramics and cake decorating.

Tara Plastering Strawbale Wall

And seeing as how I'm chief plasterer from Monday to Friday, it's a good thing I enjoy it!


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3 comments

Nice work, guys! Looking forward to seeing where you're at now...
Posted by Sim on October 23rd, 2014 at 11:17 AM
It's great to see these in-process photos, especially having seen it more recently at a later stage, as well as to hear more about it! I can now more fully appreciate what I saw in the semi-final (for this year) exterior plastering. (And, I just love info about process, as you know.)
Posted by Julia H. on October 23rd, 2014 at 7:24 PM
Just in case you haven't heard this today: You guys are Awesome. Totally awesome. The photos of the inside with the finish plaster make it clear; you are creating a masterpiece. Thank you for sharing the journey.
Posted by Nikki Jackson on October 25th, 2014 at 7:27 PM
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