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Plasterers and plastering


wikipedia a brief history of the art of plastering which tells you just about everything you need to know about it.

you tube take your pick of the numerous instructional videos and learn how to do it yourself

plastering: an encyclopedia a Google book by B. F. Pegg and W. D. Stagg - must have everything in here!

wattle and daub: craft, conservation and wiltshire case studyby Tony Graham - a thesis.

A lath wall from behind- You can see the plaster which is applied to the basic structure, oozing through

Plaster is one of the oldest of building materials, and the techniques used to apply it also apply to other rendering materials such as mud and cement.  From the earliest dwellings of wattle and daub the plasterer’s work has been needed, and the tools and materials he needs are almost the same today as they were then.

The pyramids of Egypt contain plaster walls, and all the great civilisations since those early times have used it in one form or another.

At the time James John Dearman and his sons were working as plasterers there was huge urban growth in Great Britain.  For James this was the time of the Industrial Revolution, for his sons it was the continuing growth of the island’s conurbations.  There were therefore huge opportunities for those in the building trades.  Homes were required to house the masses, great civic building projects were afoot and the rich were busy building great houses to show off their newly acquired wealth.

The National Association of Operative Plasterers used to be the Trade Union dedicated to the plastering trade, but in 1968 it merged with the Transport and General Workers’ Union.  The Americans still seem to have a separate union though.

So here are a few pictures and some links.

An elaborate ceiling rose- this is from Drayton Hall.  I doubt whether our James would have been involved with anything as elaborate

15th century wattle and daub

Plasterers tools