hawk and trowel

There is not one bit of straw to be seen in the house. It’s all be covered with mud. Today, Jason ceremoniously placed the last bit of plaster over the straw. We have also covered all of our lathe and have moved on to plastering over the drywall. We’re all a little sore from handling so much heavy mud, but we’re ready for the last push before our semester break. wooooohoooooo.

Eric looks happy now, but just a couple of hours later, the entire corner peeled from the wall and plopped to the floor. We're learning lots about building out with plaster.

Another example of building out with plaster and straw clay. Ideally, our mud will be nearly flush with the door frame...not 5 inches away.

Grant at the mixer helm with angry-looking La Sal mountains behind him.

Lisa and Jason plastering lathe. Our mud mixture is nearly the same as when we plaster directly onto straw, it's just a bit more wet and it's more important to sift all of the gravel and larger pebbles out.

Beautiful bathroom window. Can't wait to take the plastic off.

Master bedroom window detail. Serah calls it 'the whale.'

Kelly with his favorite tools.


Serah practicing the hawk and trowel fliperoo.

A fully plastered lathe wall. We're looking at the doorway to the Southwest bedroom.

Inside that first doorway, you can see we've started plastering drywall. Both lathe and drywall are way faster to plaster over than straw.

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