|There are an enormous range of finishing options for natural buildings, many of which are cheap, easy, non-toxic, beautiful, durable, and fun.|
of Sun Ray Kelley's cob yoga studio in Washington State sports a colorful
aliz (clay-slip finish) over earthen plaster. Stabilized with flour paste
and made sparkly by the addition of mica flakes, aliz can be mixed up
with safe ingredients in your kitchen, then painted on with a brush.
| Earthen plasters
can be made from most local soils and applied with bare hands. This clay
plaster in Nova Scotia protects the straw bale wall beneath from fire,
moisture, and pests.
|In an annual
ritual, community members prepare a clay plaster to touch up the adobe
church in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. Built in 1815, this historic structure
was almost destroyed by the application of cement stucco in 1967.
| Bill Steen
demonstrates an essential step in natural plastering--testing samples
of various mixes for color, texture, hardness and durability.
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The Art of Natural Building
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