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ARTisAn Objective® Workshop MAS-04 – Basic Plaster Wall Repair

02.11.2022 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Basic Plaster Wall Repair

1 Day – 8:00am to 3:00pm

A versatile building material, plaster was traditionally used as a protective and decorative coating for walls and ceilings. Plaster is much harder than drywall, creates a more durable wall surface, and is more adaptable for specialty design features like archways and curves. While original plasterwork is a desirable asset to any period home, it may require maintenance and repairs to retain its elegance. Our workshop lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises introduce the benefits of lime-based plaster, basic surface preparation, and simple methods for performing minor repairs to vintage plaster walls. Under the guidance of experienced masons, students will apply a scratch coat over wood lath panels, making sure proper
adhesion and sufficiently filled keys are achieved. Then, they’ll work with TAKCOAT™ and TOPCOAT™—specially formulated lime plaster from LimeWorks.us designed for resurfacing, restoring, and repairing existing plaster walls. Practicing on mock-up surfaces, participants will learn how to hold a trowel at the proper angle and use sufficient pressure to apply a transitional bonding layer of TAKCOAT™ followed by skimming on TOPCOAT™ and working it to achieve a smooth final finish. Prior masonry experience is helpful but not required.

After completing the workshop participants will:

    • Understand the science behind breathable natural hydraulic lime.
    • Know how to properly mix and cure lime plaster.
    • Recognize how to apply alkaline fiberglass mesh over hairline cracks in existing plaster walls.
    • Be proficient at basic hawk and trowel techniques for applying TAKCOAT™ and TOPCOAT™ lime plaster.
    • Understand how to seamlessly tie in repair work to create a unified and flawless plaster surface.

The workshop will be held at the historic Millhafen Farm—the headquarters of Craftwork Training Center and LimeWorks.us—located at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required two weeks in advance with the balance due at the beginning of the workshop. All the necessary materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience. The program will start promptly at 8:00 am. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the check-in process and come appropriately dressed and prepared for hands-on training. To ensure an exceptional learning experience, the class size is limited. However, a minimum of 3 participants is required to hold the workshop.


8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Craftwork Training Center
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Craftwork Training Center
3145 State Road
Telford, PA 18969 United States
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