Historic Plaster Repair Workshop– October 17, 9am-4pm DeYoung Farmstead

October 17th, 2015 at 9:00am —  

plaster repairLearn and practice historic plaster and concrete repair techniques and Help repair a historic Leelanau farmhouse and power house.

The Leelanau Conservancy, Healing Tree Farm, and Traditional Building Craft Center are offering a workshop on traditional lime based plaster repair. This hands-on training and experience with repair of historic lime plaster walls and ceilings will repair and preserve interior wall and ceiling surfaces at the DeYoung farmhouse. The farmstead includes a powerhouse that houses an early 20th century water wheel. Deteriorating concrete in the wheel chamber will be repaired as well.

The plaster workshop will be lead by Chris Lewis, a local plaster mason with over twenty years experience. Chris learned the trade from an earlier generation of traditional plasterers that worked in the Traverse City region.


Traditional Plaster Workshop

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

DeYoung Farmstead

9510 Cherry Bend Road

Traverse City MI


Participants should bring, safety glasses, work gloves; wear long pants, work shoes and bring a sack lunch.

The DeYoung Farm is owned by the Leelanau Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the land, water, and scenic character of Leelanau County.

Healing Tree Farm is a permaculture demonstration farm located at the DeYoung farmstead. The repaired walls and ceilings in the farmhouse will allow for more pleasant educational use of the space by Healing Tree Farm.

Traditional Building Craft Center (TBCC) nonprofit dedicated to helping citizens appreciate the value of preservation, rehabilitation and use of existing buildings through information and hands-on training opportunities.  President Steve Stier, licensed builder specializing in historic and traditional structures, will be assisting and working throughout the workshop.


The workshop is free but registration is required and participation is limited.

To Register or ask Questions about the workshop:

Steve Stier

517-648-2933 or [email protected]