Saturday we had our first quasi 'Open House' in which a group of us all worked on putting a first 'priming coat' of earth plaster onto the East wall of the house. Here are some pictures from all the muddy goodness of the day:
Leveling out the spontaneous nature of the bales as well as working in a thin priming coat, the team joins the forces and natural simplicity of clay and straw.
Trent and Diane Laughton work on replenishing the supply of clay slip for the interfacing 'glue' substance between bale and cob + plaster. A couple that makes mud together, stays together.
The Clay Slip Monster (Roarke) terrorized the site, splattering unsuspecting participants with the earthen glue, and plaster-globs.
Applying plaster with the high-pressure massaging 'wax on, wax off' technique the team had to rest their palms and shoulders- who knew plastering would be such a workout?