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The Natural Plaster Book (PDF)

Earth, Lime and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes

by (author) Cedar Rose Guelberth & Dan Chiras

New Society Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2003
Design & Construction
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2003
    List Price

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For builders of natural homes (straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and other natural materials), this unique step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing, mixing, and applying natural plasters.

From principles to practicalities, and with every stage of the process illustrated, The Natural Plasters Book details the entire process of plastering with earth, lime, and gypsum for a long-lasting and durable finish. Starting with an overview and history of the natural building movement, the book handles a wide variety of topics including earthen plaster versus cement stucco, tools and techniques of the trade, plaster recipes, and pigmenting plaster or painting walls with natural paints. First-time builders will appreciate tips on common mistakes (and how to avoid them) discussed at each stage of the plastering process. Special focus is paid to the importance of planning and designing for earthen plasters- before building begins.

The only comprehensive guide available on natural plasters, this book is written for the growing number of people who have decided to build their own natural homes as well as for professionals. Heavily illustrated with practical drawings and photographs, it also includes an extensive resource guide listing books, magazines, videos, builders, and suppliers.

About the authors

Cedar Rose Guelberth has been working with natural home construction and plaster techniques for 25 years and is a nationally recognized natural building educator and consultant.

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Dan Chiras is a highly respected educator and the internationally acclaimed author of 30 books on residential renewable energy and green building including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy and Power from the Sun. Dan has studied and worked in renewable energy and energy efficiency fields for over three decades and is the president of Sustainable Systems Design and is the director and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building (, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, green building, natural plasters, and natural building.

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