Thursday, September 21, 2006

Workshop Day III

The final day of the workshop was dedicated to mud. It brings back good memories of mud pies and dinky toys in puddles. I find the plaster work meditative (except running a 9 cu-ft mortar mixer - the sound of that puppy isn't so!).

The beautiful thing about bringing a dozen or so people together who were previously unacquainted is that you'll always have this unique experience to share. We came from very different backgrounds with various goals, but we all had a common element and that's part of what made the group jive together amazingly well.

A brief recap of the day in photos: You can see Kim giving a tarp dance demo (that's the manual way of mixing the fill coat - FAR too much twist & shout action required to build a house...hence the mortar mixer rental...but it would be a great weight loss plan!).
My nephew Ethan quite liked getting into the mud - he's seen above preparing clay slurry by hand in a bucket (it can also be done in the masterful mortar mixer - but you end up with mud splashed on you from head to toe!). Here also is Annabelle using our texture sprayer with an air compressor attached to it to apply the first coat to the wall (the other two coats are applied manually). Who needs to pay for a spa! We can offer clay baths anytime!

Alas, at the end of the day, we were incredibly pleased with the results of the workshop. You can see in the picture at the top that our home had advanced significantly in three days, and we had a blast doing it. It was a lot of work to prepare for the workshop, but I would recommend it to anyone.


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