Lime Plasters and Renders

    External Lime Coatings on Traditional Buildings Edited by Compiled by the Scottish Lime Centre Trust

    Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 15. A comprehensive account of the benefits of using lime finishes on the exteriors of traditionally constructed buildings. Illustrated

    2001, A4, 92 pages

    Conservation of Plasterwork Edited by Compiled and edited by Simpson and Brown Architects.

    Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 2. An account of the types of plaster found in Scottish traditional buildings with advice on conservation, repair, restoration methods and specification.

    2002, A4, 44 pages, illustrated

    Care and Conservation of 17th Century Plasterwork Edited by

    Historic Scotland Technical Advice Note 26, to be read in conjunction with Conservation of Plasterwork (TAN 2). Covers a range of issues concerned with the care and repair of decorative plasterwork dating from the first three-quarters of the seventeenth century.

    2004, A4, 68 pages, illustrated

    Decorative Plasterwork in Great Britain Edited by By Geoffrey Beard, new introduction by Richard Ireland

    A key reference book on 16th to 19th century plasterers and their craft. First published in 1975, republished with new introduction by Richard Ireland
    1975, republished 2011, 296 pages, 158 black and white photographs

    June 2011, Andrew Newman

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    Using Natural Finishes Edited by By Adam Weismann & Katy Bryce

    Step-by-step instructions with illustrations to show working with lime- and clay-based plasters, renders and paints from design, preparation, materials and execution.
    2008, 264 pages, Lavishly illustrated.

    July 2008, Dr Gerard Lynch

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    Decorative Plasterwork: Repair and Restoration Edited by By W.D. Stagg and R. Masters

    A textbook for craftsmen and specifiers.

    1986, A4, 1 photo, 16 technical drawings

    Plastering Edited by By J T Sawyer, Introduction by Tim Ratcliffe and Jeff Orton.

    Straightforward practical instruction on the tried and tested methods of plastering including the tools, running moulds and geometry for setting out.

    1951 (facsimile 2007) 144 pages, hardback.

    The Modern Plasterer Edited by By W. Verral, Introduction by Tim Ratcliffe and Jeff Orton.

    An invaluable source of information, not only for plasterers but also for designers and specifiers who want to understand plastering methods and materials better.

    c1930 (facsimile 2000) 456 pages, 342 figures, 16 plates, hardback.

    Plastering Plain & Decorative – 4th Edition Edited by By William Millar, rewritten and revised by George Bankart. Introduction by Tim Ratcliffe and Jeff Orton.

    Millar’s 1897 text revised and four new chapters added (on lime-stucco, modern plasterwork, modelling in relief and exterior plastering and sgraffito).
    1927 (facsimile 2009) 496 pages, hardback.

    February 2010, Rory Young

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    The Art of the Plasterer Edited by By George Bankart

    A real attempt to understand the historical development of the craft and a good insight into the ideas and ideals that Arts and Crafts designers were seeking to follow. New introduction by Tim Ratcliffe and Jeff Orton.
    1908, republished 2002

    2002, Ian Brocklebank

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    Plastering, Plain and Decorative Edited by By William Millar, Introduction by Tim Ratcliffe and Jeff Orton.

    Still viewed as the plastering ‘bible’. A comprehensive coverage of traditional plasterwork, including everything from plain lime plastering through to hand modelling and cast plasterwork.

    1897 (facsimile 2010) 768 pages, 231 plates, hardback

    Decorative Plasterwork of Somerset Edited by By J and J Penoyre

    Decorative Plasterwork in the Houses of Somerset 1500-1700. Sources, style, symbolism, the crastsmen, technique and conservation. Gazetteer and a glossary.

    1994, 88 pages, 125 illustrations

    The Nearly Non Technical Book on Plasterwork Edited by By Leonard Grandison

    Available from L Grandison & Sons, Innerleithen Road, Peebles EH45 8BA. Telephone 01721 720212 for availability and price

    Leonard Grandison’s humorous overview

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