Monthly Meeting

  • February 23, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Join us for a monthly meeting of natural building enthusiasts! We meet monthly at Heather's house. Activities may include workshops, food, demos, speakers, and/or films, depending on season, interest, and number of attendees.

White house with black trim on the right hand (east) side of the street. Our door is the door on the right- the first floor. Knock on the window!

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  • Heather

    Hi all - I think slaking is probably important for a reason - between that and simply not being able to stay up late enough with it to really burnish it as much as I should have, I don't think the first couple of bricks came out as well as they could have. The process really takes 12 or 13 hours and I realize now that there was no way I was going to make it to 2 or 3 am. However, thank you everyone for helping me make this happen. This was the first of hopefully many tadelakt experiments!

    February 24, 2013

    • Heather

      My concern is that the rough edge will "grab" and nick the plaster.

      February 27, 2013

    • Heather

      But by all means it doesn't mean we shouldn't try it!

      February 27, 2013

  • mar

    Hi ALL, Tadelakt Success! I have a small yet beautiful tadelakt block from last Sat's experiment. Inspired by Zoot's idea to tadelakt onto his wooden board I used a block of wood I had in my tool bag. I successfully burnished our tadelakt formula w/ a smooth area of a glass bottle. It seems to have worked fine & looks like tadelakt wall surfaces I have seen. Thanks Heather for generously sending me home w/ a piece of soap which I used every time I burnished. I'll bring this sample block next time we get together in case anyone might like to take a peek. In the mean time I am interested in timing as I just guessed my way along. Thanks again... its a beautiful material!

    February 26, 2013

    • Heather

      Did you mix it with water, or did you just rub it on? Curious to see what variations yield good results!

      February 26, 2013

  • mar

    Thanks Jonathan, you saved me & I really appreciate your kind help when my car didn't start.

    February 26, 2013

  • mar

    Heather, Jonathan,Jacqui+ Zoot, thanks for all the work everyone did to contribute to an inspiring tadelakt experience. Ever since I saw my first tadelakt wall I've wanted to know how to make one. This has been a dream come true.
    Happy almost Spring-Mar

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Heather

    Oh, and as I am digging out supplies for tomorrow I can only fine one decent trowel!!! Agh! Bring a trowel if you have one.

    February 22, 2013

  • Heather

    And one more thing - food! And groceries!

    I am a member of the Humboldt Park Food Not Bombs network. Food Not Bombs gives away free groceries and a free vegan meal every Saturday at 3pm in Humboldt Park. My family gets groceries from Food Not Bombs every week, and you can too! Think about it, bring a reusable shopping bag, and anyone who wants to can head over at 3pm. If it is unanimous, we will all go together.

    Also - are you vegan? Please tell me before I try to serve you cheese pizza! Otherwise, cheese pizza will be served :)

    February 21, 2013

    • Heather

      Oh, groceries are from Whole Foods, btw, who throws out 40% of their produce and empties their entire bakery for us (or at least it seems).

      February 21, 2013

  • Heather

    The tadelakt gods are smiling on us. Today, an R&D guy I spoke to at a quarry in McCook drove into Chicago to drop of a "sample" that ended up being a 25 pound bag. I have 50 pounds of type S builder's lime (marble dust), and will pick up the other ingredient, olive oil soap, tomorrow. There is one special tool that I don't expect anyone to have. I have two of them - but if anyone has a stone with a flat edge -of a hardness of 7 or higher - that you can hold comfortably in your hand while polishing a flat surface with the flat edge - go ahead and bring it :). I will explain on Saturday and it probably makes more sense to see it. The only other optional material would be universal paint pigment, or some other type of pigment for the plaster. I have a few tubes of oil paint we could maybe fool around with - whether this would affect the quality of the plaster can be one of our experiments.

    February 21, 2013

  • mar

    THANKS ALL especially Heather for your great efforts.
    An idea:
    There's a spa on Chicago Ave at The Chicago River where Anna Wolfson did beautiful adobe walls & sofas & where another woman did beautiful Tatelack bath walls. Just wondering if maybe Anna might have that woman's contact info & if possibly she may have a source for Marble pool sand!!!

    February 15, 2013

    • Heather

      I have emailed Anna and am awaiting her reply. I may have a source I am working on that I will hear from next week. Right now I have two good leads so this WILL happen - but it does not look like it will happen by next Saturday.

      February 15, 2013

  • Heather

    ...a lead, maybe just maybe? Talking to a wholesaler with quarries in Illinois. Updates soon-

    February 13, 2013

  • mar

    Wonder if Ceramic Suppliers might be an alternative source:http://www.ceramicsupplychicago.com/,
    http://www.greatclay.com/overview.htm

    February 8, 2013

    • Heather

      No dice. I even called their suppliers.

      February 13, 2013

  • Heather

    Well, there is no marble sand for sale in this part of the country, apparently. I can order it from a company in Arizona but I have to pay $90 freight. There may not be a way around it. Home Depot is making a couple more calls and I am following up on one more angle, but it looks like I can get it for a price. The bag of marble sand, by the way, costs $6.00.

    February 12, 2013

  • Heather

    I am still trying to follow up on Marble sand. I am not giving up, and it exists - the search continues!

    February 10, 2013

  • mar

    HI ALL & THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS & INSPIRATION. HOPE WE CAN TADELAKT TOGETHER SOON!

    February 7, 2013

  • Heather

    We are trying to gather the materials for tadelakt plastering this month and are hoping for success. This is Plan A. Check out the Tadelakt gallery images here: http://www.artesano-home.com/gallery.html (scroll down for the tadelakt gallery) and just be aware that photos do not do this beautiful marble plaster justice.

    February 6, 2013

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