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        Lime render over Hemcrete®

John from American Limetec returned on May 28, 2008. We had finished building the walls to the White Plume Community Center on May 19.

He spent a day teaching us how to mix and apply lime plaster (also called "render"). A few of us spent two more days helping Alex plaster the building. The pictures here were shot May 28-30, 2008.

Lakota Hempcrete Project
May 28 2008

John from American Limetec 
applies the first patch of the 
first coat of lime plaster to the
White Plume Community Center.

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at American Limetec.

Tazia and Amy plant squash and
marigolds just out the back door 
of the Center.

John shows Page how to trowel

Tools of the trade.

Near right:
John works with Alex and Page.

Far right:
Alex delivers a dollop of render
to Erica, who's plastering under
the eaves. 

Far right and below:
The "sand layer" effect we saw
as we took down forms during the 
wall-building phase of the project
are even more pronounced after 
the Hemcrete® has cured for a week.

Far right: Lime plaster covers part of 
the wall

Render rounds the corner.

Far right:
U.S. District Judge Richard Battey
(Rapid City SD) makes an 

End of May, nose-fly season. The
tormented horses try to escape by
standing on a wind-swept ridge.

Far right: The White Plume wind
turbine stands just beyond the 

Near right: Looking east from a hilltop
about a quarter mile from the Center.
The Center is in the center of the

Far right: A closer view of the Center.

Alex and Erica switch roles as they 
finish a wheelbarrow load.

John showed us how to create a 
decorative sill around a window
using render and pebbles.


We returned on June 24 and nearly finished the plastering of the community center.

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