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August 25 , 2008

Natural Plaster Book


For builders of natural homes (straw bale cob adobe rammed earth and other natural materials) this unique step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing mixing and applying natural plasters.From principles to practicalities and with every stage of the process illustrated The Natural Plasters Book details the entire process of plastering with earth lime and gypsum for a long-lasting and durable finish. Starting with an overview and history of the natural building movement the book handles a wide variety of topics including earthen plaster versus cement stucco tools and techniques of the trade plaster recipes and pigmenting plaster or painting walls with natural paints. First-time builders will appreciate tips on common mistakes (and how to avoid them) discussed at each stage of the plastering process. Special focus is paid to the importance of planning and designing for earthen plasters- before building begins.The only comprehensive guide available on natural plasters this book is written for the growing number of people who have decided to build their own natural homes as well as for professionals. Heavily illustrated with practical drawings and photographs it also includes an extensive resource guide listing books magazines videos builders and suppliers.
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