I just got an email from a man named Greg who has a very interesting idea about plastering a bale house. His concept is a mix between plaster and concrete form work. I think there is merit in the idea and yet at the same time, wonder if the time savings would pan out. I do think that the straight finish of the wall would be impressive. I would like to hear from you all about this idea and what advantages or disadvantages you think it might have. Also, if any of you have a small project that could work as a test building, it would be cool to see how it fares in the “real world.” Here is the email he sent with the idea he proposes:
Congratulations on your new web site! A while back I left a comment on the blog board and I guess it didn’t get through. I’ll try this email address. I posed a question for you about the feasibility of “pouring” the lime plaster skin on a bale wall using a vibrator to settle the plaster/straw fiber mix into the bale wall. I’m wondering if you make a form about 2ft. high and say 6 to 8 ft. long out of 1/4″ waterproofed Masonite and space it 1.5″ from the bales and use a 1″ vibrator to settle the mix as well as expel the air pockets whether it can cure and have a finished surface ready for a stain-coat? Imagine the labor and time this could save as well as the fine line of the wall which would appeal to the greater public? I’m wondering if you have considered this as a worthwhile technique? I’ll thank you in advance for your reply.