A dying trade, Plaster was replaced by Drywall in 1963. Since that time, there have been few that have learned the secrets from the old artisans.
I had the privilege of learning this trade from Ralph who began his work as an apprentice at the age of 15. Since 63′ I am the only one whom he has taught his trade.
Much of our work involves the repair of cracked and deteriorating plaster. All work is done using true plaster materials. Application of the proper material assures a repair that will provide an accurate finish, and enduring integrity.
In most cases historical plaster does not have to be replaced, but when this is necessary, we can provide true plaster even over wood lathe.
Click on the picture to the left to see step by step photos and other job site pictures of what we do.
JPC Plaster has been involved in several major restoration projects.
Additionally our company has taken on restoration work that while smaller in scope than the jobs referenced above, are equally challenging for a skilled restoration expert.
For example, in the photo to the right, we restored plaster in a dining room ceiling then applied 4 of these plaster medallions in the four corners of the room. The medallions were purchased from a distributor. Plaster medallions can often be repaired or reproduced on the job site. Cornices can also be repaired using the same techniques. The medallion in the photo that Jim is holding, was badly damaged. It was re-built by filling in missing / damaged sections with clay, a mold taken of the positive, plaster poured into the negative; and this was the finished medallion that came out of the mold before being mounted on the wall.
Click on the photo to see more before and after job pictures.
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