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If you have been doing any research on modern plaster walls, it probably comes as no surprise to you that the Tadelakt system has been around for thousands of years. However, you might not have been aware that Tadelakt is a specific type of lime plaster and was created by the Berbers in Northern Morocco. The Berbers, of Northern Africa have no written language. Therefore, this tradition was passed down verbally from generation to generation.
Tools of the Trade: Plaster Tools We Recommend
From trowels and drills, to buckets and maskers; we're going to run through what the team at New Age Artisans believes to be the top 10 “must-have” plaster tools for any industry professional or DIY enthusiast.
Earth Domes in Mexico
Learn about the unique experience of building earth domes with Superadobe in Mexico. These sustainable homes are constructed using dirt and imagination. Discover the process, challenges, and the sense of community that accompanies the construction of these homes.
Sharing is Caring
“All drywall MUST be taped to a level 3 finish prior to plaster install,” is a bolden phrase that graces our estimates and contracts. While the term “plaster” primarily conjures visions of lathe and horsehair in your grandparent’s farmhouse, to many it’s important to note that since the 1940s this has changed, and lathe has been replaced with sheetrock panels. As the result, plaster has transitioned to a decorative finish and less of a structural facade.
The term “plaster” conjures various images. Here in the United States, most believe it’s an imported high gloss finish made in Italy, while some consider it to be smeared drywall mud that’s painted. There are a select and latent few that cling to its original calcium roots. Throughout our many trowel travels, we have gained the perspective that there are “different strokes for different folks.” We respect the trade as a whole and ponder the motives of every plasterer we meet.
The Many Shapes of Tadelakt
The renowned beauty of Tadelakt along with its hydrophobic functionality make it a standout among designers and artisans, alike. While many use a Tadelakt installation as a backdrop for timeless showers and bathroom designs, our team has recently seen the ancient plaster technique creep into other areas of the home. From range hoods to backsplashes, Tadelakt's minimalistic appearance creates an overall harmony in a home that is not easy to replicate.
Le Arti Perdute
The only constant is change, and subsequently it’s only natural that new traditions are forged and lost arts are formed. Our New Age Artisans team has developed quite the penchant for the inherent qualities of craft and forgotten mediums; and we’ve constantly strived to document the journey throughout our trade tenure.
The Building Limes Forum
Calcium Carbonate, or “lime” has a myriad of uses in our world. Its origins date back thousands of years, and we suspect that early cavemen broke off chunks of limestone around a fire pit and with the addition of water, the “quicklime” became hydrated lime or lime putty. The resulting binder was then mixed with an aggregate such as sand. During the drying stage, the mortar or plaster absorbs free carbon from the air and reverts to limestone. Since the inception of caveman time, this chemical compound has been integrated into air systems, wastewater management, agricultural development, and of course construction.
From its aesthetic appeal to practical advantages, Tadelakt has quickly captured the attention of the world. With the start of a waterproof membrane followed by a natural chemical reaction that renders layers of plaster hydrophobic, the tactile surfaces of Tadelakt breath life into any space. The endless design options of the traditional Moroccan plaster have transfixed the world for centuries-though recently it has entered the mainstream and is no longer solely coveted by designers. But what exactly is Tadelakt? And why can't everyone stop talking about it?
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