Wattle and Daub I

As our building gained his metallic hat, he also shrank back from the truth of his external nakedness and a search for that best brand and fashion of woody overcoat began. Though many a proud New England barn gracefully ages inside its board and batten siding, we felt a covering more Tudor in nature would suit our needs and style a bit better, while remaining “cheap as dirt” to compliment our pocketbook.

Wattle and daub is an ages old technique practiced in some form by most every culture around the globe, proving its raw practicality. The idea is simplicity itself. You start with some framework of wood, weave saplings or other thin length of wood between this framework and cover this “basket weave” with a mixture of subsoil and straw. Once dry this “daubing” becomes extremely strong and flexible, and may be further weather proofed with a lime plaster coating. This method relies on basically free or waste materials and leaves a most beautiful and picturesque structure reminiscent of a fairy tail cottage everyone wishes their grandmother lived in. We were able to cover the entirety of our workshop with a trailer load of free scrap trimmings from the local sawmill, and about 35 dollars of hydrated lime…


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2 Responses to Wattle and Daub I

  1. Kevin says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and watching your youtube videos. I look forward to watching your future work. Thank you for sharing.

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