Black tadelakt

Thanks to Melissa Beaury – one of our homeowners this fall – for these great photos of her and Randy’s beautiful Tadelakt shower.

This weekend students spend countless hours with Ryan Chivers and Liz Johndrow, two plaster masters and extraordinary teachers. Why the countless hours? Liz and Ryan have been teaching us about tadelakt. Tadelakt is a centuries-old Moroccan technique of creating a naturally water repellent surface using lime plaster and finished with olive oil soap. The final finish involves hours of burnishing with small river stones to create a beautiful, soft and shiny surface that is cool to the touch and smells amazing. Though it repels water, it’s breathable and easy to maintain – it loves soap scum.

Tadelakt in guest shower.

Tadelakt in guest shower.

Tadelakt in master bath shower.

Gabe and Mia Krakowski burnishing with little stones. Only certain minerals work well for burninshing – the stone needs to be a 7 or above on the hardness scale.

The Lime Cycle is the process of turning limestone into

The Lime Cycle is the process of turning limestone into

Kell and Haley applying wet lime plaster with sponge floats.

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