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Sep 26

Sept. 26-27 – Hemp Plaster Workshop

September 26, 2020 - September 27, 2020

$40 – $200

Posted by Katie Poss (Tennessee Hemp Builders Society)

Join the TN Hemp Builder’s Society for a weekend workshop hosted at The Ridge in scenic Smithville, TN.

Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to learn about how to finish a hempcrete structure with lime and clay plasters from experienced natural builder, Andy Sahn. We will cover sourcing material, mixing plaster, different additives, and multiple methods of application.

Andy Sahn comes to this workshop with ten years of natural and ecological building experience. His training started at an off grid school for Cob (earth, sand, and straw) buildings, harvesting all the needed materials from the local area to build homes. Since then Andy has worked with a variety of different materials including straw bale, light straw clay (slip straw), rammed earth, earth bag, waddle and daub, and most recently hemp lime! Putting the “icing on the cake” has always been one of his favorite parts and he has collected a whole slew of recipes and techniques to share for plastering and sculpting on these walls.

Please note the entire workshop will be hosted in an open-air environment. Social distancing will be enforced, and attendees will be asked to wear a mask when working within 6 feet of each other. Attendees will be required to sign a liability waiver.

Workshop fee does not include food. Food and lodging options are available at theridgetn.com . Bring a cooler with food to cook and share by the campfire – instruments are also welcome and encouraged!

Day 1

  • 9:00am – 10:00 am – Breakfast, Arrival, Check-In
  • 10:00am -11:00 am – Outdoor Classroom Session, Q&A
  • 11:00am – 11:30 am – Walk to Project Site, Safety and PPE, instructions for each work station (mixing, placing, tamping)
  • 11:30am – 12:30 pm – Lunch Break
  • 12:30pm – 4:30 pm – Plaster mixing and placing at Project Site
  • 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Free Time (Hike the property, ask one of the workshop leaders about how you can incorporate hemp into an upcoming project, help prepare for dinner)
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner, Fire, Explore, Relax

Day 2

  • 8:00am – 9:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 12:00 pm – Plaster Install at Project Site
  • 12:00pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch (check-in for Project Tour)
  • 1:00pm – 3:00 pm – Plaster Install, Clean-Up

Ticket options (available for purchase via eventbrite)

  • $40     Sunday afternoon Project Rout, 12:00-2:00 PM, September 27, 2020
  • $200  2-Day Hemp Plaster Workshop (Sept. 26-27)
  • If you attended the 2-day hempcrete install workshop, please e-mail tnhempbuilders@gmail.com for a discount code!

We look forward to seeing you at The Ridge in Smithville, TN.


September 26, 2020
September 27, 2020
$40 – $200
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The Ridge in Smithville, TN
The Ridge, 3975 Coconut Ridge Road
Smithville, TN 37166 United States
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Tennessee Hemp Builders Society
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