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A couple of weeks after the bale raising party last August, I went back to check on the progress on the house. When I arrive, Janna is applying the plaster on the exterior while Jon and Ali are working on framing the interior. I’m surprised to see that half of the house is already coated with its’ first layer of plaster (called the push coat). Since plaster can take a week to cure, Jon,Janna and Ali want to get the base coat finished well before winter sets in.
The push coat is a mixture of straw, sand, clay and water and when applied to the straw bales, the combination creates very strong walls. As Janna plasters by hand, she pushes her finger tips into the plaster to get it to stick to the bales.
It’s exciting to be able to see the progress of the house, and as I stand back I am beginning to see the house as a giant piece of sculpture.