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paper cobb vs straw cobb - in Natural Plasters  RSS feed

 
Joel Lindquist
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Hi, first time posting to these forums!
I was wondering, if I didn't have access to straw or manure when mixing cobb or natural plaster, could I mix paper pulp and/or cotton pulp with the cobb mix (i.e. sand clay water)? Because I think it would be cheaper than having a load of straw bales shipped and building a facility to keep them dry. A mix could be: paper pulp, shredded cottons/burlap, sand, clay and water... would that work?
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Jami McBride
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Because you are only specking about Plaster and not the main cob walls, your suggested alternatives would be fine.
In fact, many of the plasters call for no-straw or a much finer straw, sifted for a smoother finish. Animal and human hair have been used too.



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