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Straw Bale 3-Day Natural Plaster Workshop Westcliffe – 2024 – CO

August 16 - August 18


Westcliffe, Colorado – Plaster
3-Day Plaster Workshop
Taught by Timbo Scurso & Dainella Nartker

August 16 – August 18, 2024

Join us for discussion and hands-on skills learning of best practices for lime & clay natural plastering application. Ask all the questions and know how to approach your project with confidence! (Held at the same location as the July 14-20 7-day Straw Bale Workshop.)

My 37-acre lot is in the Wet Mountains to the east, with fabulous views of the Sangres. You can see two 14ers, Humboldt and Crestone, from my place. My build is a timber-framed home wrapped by bales. It will have 1,450 square feet of interior living on two floors. The main living space will be wide open, allowing you to see the hand-hewn oak timbers between 17-22 feet high.

Strawbale building workshop, plan elevations

I will be heating the space with a masonry heater (that’s part of the beauty of the bales… excellent insulation!) The bale walls will be coated in lime plaster on the exterior and earthen plaster on the interior. (Check out the 7-day Hands-on Straw Bale Construction Workshop that will be held here July 14-20.) At this Natural Plastering workshop, we will be focused on taking the next steps in the plaster layers, both exterior lime brown coat and interior earthen-clay plaster scratch coat. Let’s get muddy!


Westcliffe StrawBale
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