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Lucious Lime

Category: Barn Conversion Journal April 29th, 2007 by mbc

After my ‘introduction to lime’ course I have a great fear that I may be joining the ranks of sustainable / healthy / traditional / vernacular building fanatics - those guys who, have a glint in their eye (perhaps caused by a small fleck of caustic lime) and a passion in their speech when discussing lime mortars, white-washes, sheeps wool insulation…

The course was at Ty Mawr Lime just outside Brecon in South Wales. The day started with an overview of Ty Mawr, its background and aims and products. This was followed by a history lesson – the application of lime throughout history, which proved very interesting. Then a demo of slaking (water added to dried lime or lime putty to make it ready to use) and some other aspects of lime analysis, handling and preparation.

Following lunch, we got dirty. First some hands-on tuition at pointing, then plastering. During both sessions the tutors were knowledgeable, informative and helpful. Then a coffee, a quick quiz (14 out of 15 – who’s got a big brain!) then home.

A great and informative day, in beautiful surroundings – thoroughly recommended for anyone who fancies developing their fanatical side!

More on what I learnt about lime coming soon…

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