Since so many Pinsiders restore games and other antiques, build gamerooms, landscape, etc. etc. (talented bunch, aren't we???), Pinside should be a good place to find someone who knows about vintage plastering. I'm learning about lime plaster so I can correctly repair the walls and ceilings and tuckpoint the stones on our home / gameroom, which was originally the First National Bank of Piedmont built in 1887 (pic). I'm also trying to find a good source of real vintage-type plasters (gauging plasters), and different limes and sands that I can pick up within 100 miles or so of our place in Piedmont, WV 26750. South or SW PA, Maryland, VA, are all close enough for us to drive out and pick up materials.
If any of you know someone we could hire who would travel to Piedmont (we can provide a free room and games to play to help us with plastering, painting, brick and stone foundation repair, tuckpointing, etc. I'd appreciate a reference. We have several other buildings that all need things, too , the newest one being a 1904 brick warehouse. I'm pretty much doing everything myself, because this is an area where all of the skilled laborers have left and found better jobs elsewhere. There are many small contractors here that have good intentions, but no idea what they're doing.
I figure if I do all the work myself, I will be about 145 years old when it's all done
Any vintage plasterers out there?