10 keen people turned up on a blustery squalling day (15/9/17) to learn the tricks of the trade of lime plastering. The tutor was Stephen Moller from “Limewave” who spent 4 years in Switzerland leaning from the old masters.
After a welcome from our host, Rueben Taipari Porter we were introduced to the materials and tools we would be using – this was much appreciated as it gave everyone a deeper understanding of how and why lime has been used for so many centuries and where it fits in today’s desire for environmentally friendly and healthy breathable homes.
The first practical step of the day was to prepare the materials, learning about hydrating and slaking and mixing. Then we started the actual plastering on some inside rammed earth walls – giving a tactile and visually pleasing finishing coat.
As the weather improved we moved outside to work on walls that had been subjected to wind rain and sun over the last few years, and learnt practically how these could be protected with a lime plaster and still be a weatherproof, environmentally friendly, breathable wall.
It was a great day and from the feedback comments everyone had a great time and most returned on Sunday to finish off the outside walls.
“Overall it was an outstanding experience.” (workshop attendee)
More photos can be seen on AhiKaaroa’s Facebook page
Report by John Kenderdine