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Educational documentary with author, teacher and craftsman Chris Magwood, sharing 20 years of experience in Natural Plasters.
Educational documentary with author, teacher and craftsman Chris Magwood, sharing 20 years of experience in Natural Plasters.
Educational documentary with author, teacher and craftsman Chris Magwood, sharing 20 years of experience in Natural Plasters.
295 backers pledged CA$ 17,569 to help bring this project to life.

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The Art and Science of Natural Plaster

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Transforming Your Home Is Dirt Simple !

Plastering your home with natural materials is a remarkably empowering, rewarding and healthy experience, transforming your walls into beautiful centerpieces in your home! 

With this DVD, let us show you the tactile sights and sounds of natural plastering so that you will be able to use affordable, local and non-toxic materials to undertake any type of natural plastering project.

Why This DVD Now ?

The use of natural plasters has been a key part of most of the world’s vernacular architecture, creating spaces unique to their creators. But in the last century our culture has lost touch with this essential part of making a home.

Over the past decade, natural builders have spent vast amounts of time and energy re-learning these ancient recipes and skills, and adding a modern sensibility to traditional plasters.

You can benefit from all the work this community of builders has undertaken to develop natural plasters into a feasible, realistic option for any kind of building in any kind of climate.

Indoor plaster
Indoor plaster

Why Is This Important To You ?

If your house has walls, you’ve got the ideal scenario for using natural plaster!

You can learn to use natural, sustainable materials and hand craft them into exquisite, healthy, affordable and durable walls with your own two hands instead of using industrially manufactured and often toxic materials.

Whether you’re a professional builder or an inexperienced homeowner, the ability to work with natural plasters is within your means.

This DVD will give you everything you need to approach a wide range of natural plastering projects, from applying thick, structural plasters on new walls to applying thin finish coats on existing walls.

Exterior plaster
Exterior plaster

Who Is Behind This DVD ?

Chris Magwood has been at the forefront of natural building in eastern Canada for almost twenty years. He has been exploring the use of natural plasters as an integral part of his work with straw bale, hempcrete, straw-clay, earth block, cob and other natural building systems.

Chris has also traveled extensively, working with plasterers in Europe, Australia and the United States and synthesizing all he’s learned into recipes and techniques that draw from global best practices. He has been able to plaster thousands of square feet of wall surface and see his plasters time-tested in the harsh climate of Ontario, Canada.

Chris in action !
Chris in action !

Chris is a director at The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. Endeavour Centre exists to share natural and sustainable building knowledge in an open-source manner. Chris has been teaching full time courses and workshops for over fifteen years, and this DVD blends his extensive knowledge of natural plastering with his practiced teaching ability.

Bart in action !
Bart in action !

Bart is running Studioméliès, an ambitious film production and post-production house based in Québec, Canada. He is a multi-talented filmaker/artist and met Chris during his training as a natural builder at the Endeavour Centre. His work reveals a passion for innovative motion pictures and live performances, supported by bold concepts, perfection of details and carefully crafted sound.

More recently, Bart is actively invested in producing content for well knowned permaculture web platform such as Permies.com. He is also collaborating with the good people at Possible.org.

We are also lucky to have Paul Wheaton from Permies.com as our Supreme Executive Producer with Bacon, Cheese and Sparkles !

Follow us on the path of creating unique mixes
Follow us on the path of creating unique mixes

What’s In The DVD ?

The DVD will be divided into sections that will introduce, define, explain and demonstrate how to use a wide range of natural plasters in numerous different scenarios. The DVD will be filmed on real-life job sites, ensuring that what you see on the screen is similar to what you will experience on your own projects.

The DVD includes:

An idea of what we will be talking about
An idea of what we will be talking about
Color samples that show the great variety of what can be done with natural plaster
Color samples that show the great variety of what can be done with natural plaster

Why Do We Need Your Support ?

The money raised through this campaign will help to pay for the scripting, filming, editing and production costs of the DVD, ensuring that we can take high quality footage that will clearly illustrate every step in the plastering process and editing the video into a concise, enjoyable video that will give you the confidence to start playing with plaster.

Now we need your help to bring this project to life!
Your financial backing would certainly be appreciated, but we also need your help and support to share the project and campaign as widely as possible. Please tell your friends and family via your favorite social media...
Let the adventure begin!

Thanks !
Thanks !

Risks and challenges

Chris and Bart both have extensive experience in bringing complex projects to successful conclusions.
The combination of Chris' building and teaching experience and Bart's filming and editing experience means that they know the kinds of hurdles that can arise during a project and have the ability to find solutions that keep the project on track.

Unless the widespread use of unnatural and toxic building materials brings about complete ecosystem collapse before we're finished, we are confident that, with your help, this project will be a success!

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    MUD BUDDY – For supporting us at this level, you will receive access to a secret download for a 10 minute video introducing you to the world of natural plaster. In addition, you’ll get a PDF bundle written by Chris Magwood covering a range of innovative natural building materials and techniques, including waste wood columns, tire piers and straw bale structural columns!

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    HELPFUL TROWELER – For supporting us at this level, you will receive access to the streaming version of the finished DVD, plus the MUD BUDDY rewards, PLUS an additional bundle of PDF books that cover 10 years worth of sustainable building projects, including The Building of Canada’s Greenest Home.

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    MIX MASTER – For supporting us at this level, you will receive a first run hard copy of the finished DVD, PLUS all of the MUD BUDDY, PLUS an additional bundle of PDF books that cover 10 years worth of sustainable building projects, including The Building of Canada’s Greenest Home.

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    DIRT LOVER – For supporting us at this level, you will receive all of the above rewards, PLUS you’ll get your name listed in the credits of the DVD as a “Dirt Lover”.

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    EXTREME DIRT LOVER – For supporting us at this level, you will receive all of the above rewards, PLUS you’ll get your name listed in the credits of the DVD as a “Dirt Lover”. PLUS, thanks to our Supreme Executive Producer Paul Wheaton, you will get access to the streaming versions of the 4 DVD set : "Wood Burning Stoves 2.0 - Secrets of Rocket Mass Heater revealed"

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    LIME POLISHER – For supporting us at this level, you will receive all of the above rewards PLUS an e-book copy of Chris Magwood’s new book, "Making Better Buildings".

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    FANATIC BUILDER – For supporting us at this level, you will receive all of the above rewards, PLUS, thanks to our Supreme Executive Producer Paul Wheaton, you will get access to the streaming of the 3 DVD set : "World Gardening Domination - 3 dvds on Earthworks - Ponds, Swales and Hugelkulture" . WOW !

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    PIGMENT PRINCESS (OR PRINCE) – For supporting us at this level, you will receive everything included in the FANATIC BUILDER reward without the EBOOK, PLUS a signed copy of both of Chris Magwood’s books, "Making Better Buildings" and "More Straw Bale Building".

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    CO-PRODUCER – You’ll get all of the PIGMENT PRINCESS rewards PLUS you’ll be named in the opening and closing credits of the DVD as a co-producer. You’ll also get the CO-PRODUCER swag bag, including 10 copies of the DVD, our custom made Endeavour t-shirt , a collector poster with all the recipes used in the DVD and a special thank you note from the Team

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