A tadelakt vanity top in a mountain straw bale house near Boulder, CO, USA


This is the work of the tadelakt artisans Ryan Chivers. Tadelakt is a waterproof natural plaster that is applied using a spatula and then compressed to a dense smooth finish using a tadelakt stone and tadelakt soap. The soap penetrates the tadelakt creating a water-resistant surface. Natural waxes can then be applied and buffed to create additional protection. This is a tadelakt vanity top with a backsplash that Ryan made for a mountain straw bale house near Boulder, CO, USA. The round window, set in the thick straw bale wall, is finished with locally sourced earthen plaster. The design mimics the effect of a sunset over a waterfall flowing into the room. Here are some mote examples of Ryan's tadelakt work.