Heritage Plastering Restoration Works
The trade of Fibrous Plastering encompasses several entirely different skills, each requiring knowledge of different methods and materials. These vary from mould manufacture and the making of precast plaster items through the renovation and paint removal to in-situ items, right to the use of traditional materials such as lime plaster or even Wattle and daub.
As with many trades or professions of such diversity it is the lesser known or used facets of our skill base that normally provide the most gratification. This is no different in our business, being able to put the more skilled but less called upon areas of our trade into action is always enjoyable through the process and satisfying in its completion.
This summer of Olympic splendour has therefore been further expounded with the completion of two projects falling with this area. Projects where our knowledge of traditional plastering methods and materials have been called upon. The salvage and replacement of hand riven lathing, the use of haired or non-haired lime plaster, and the renovation of existing plaster mouldings.
Working alongside Conservation and Heritage bodies is always a fulfilling process, therefore to have been involved with two such projects, one with Islington and the other with Kensington, has been a very enjoyable experience.
As if this is not enough, this satisfaction has been further enhanced through our involvement with two separate one off commissions both involving unique items. The first being the manufacture of a large niche and second being an ornate bespoke ceiling. I attach photos to show this niche and the initial hand carving in clay of one cornice enrichment for the ceiling.