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CASE STUDY: Sharon's Treatex Picnic Bench

Sharon’s picnic bench had been left untreated in her garden for 15+ years; it had never been treated or put away during the winter, so it had plenty of time to ‘weather’ and mould growth to boot!After years of neglect Sharon chose The Treatex external Oak system to treat the table. She chose it  for [...]

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What is Hotlime

Ok first the science bit.If you burn Limestone (calcium carbonate) in a kiln at high enough temperatures, the water and CO2 are driven out, creating Quicklime (Calcium Oxide).  Adding water to (Slaking) the Quicklime creates hydrated lime (Calcium Hydroxide). If the hydrated lime is mixed into a mortar and left to dry, it will cure, [...]

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Lime Kilns and Hot Lime mortars – a day out at Coe Stone

I recently spent the day with a group of Stone Masons at this year’s SPAB Fellows, burning lime in a small lime kiln and finding out about hot lime mixes, the benefits of using hot lime and the possible applications. The very welcoming hosts for this occasion were a local stone masonry company - Coe Stone, [...]

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What is Burnt Sand Mastic?

Burnt sand mastic is a traditional and arguably superior method of sealing the joints between wooden door and window frames and the surrounding masonry. The mastic fillet should be applied between the timber and the masonry at an angle. Any damage to the stonework should be repaired first with a mortar or masonry fillerTraditionally sand which [...]

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The Lime Demo Boards at Celtic Sustainables

Things continue to move forward in our specialist Lime products display area, the latest development being the completion of our lime plaster display boards.  In an effort to help our local customers further their understanding of the benefits and mechanics of using breathable lime plasters, we called on the skills of a local lime expert [...]

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Ceredigion Arts Trail Magazine 2018 with Coloured Earth Pigments

Our Coloured Earth Pigment looking great in the Ceredigion Artist Trail 2018 Magazine. You can pop in to our Cardigan showroom and pick up a FREE copy of the latest edition to find out what's happening in the area. You can also take a look at our range of beautiful non-toxic mineral pigments that are [...]

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CASE STUDY : Touchwood Carpentry with Guy Rave

When we heard that Guy Rave from Touchwood Carpentry had just completed two solid oak benches in Osmo for an exhibition at the Horniman Museum, East Dulwich, London, we just had to get in touch and ask him about it. He collaborated with Alex Jones, a wood carver from Winchester who did the amazing animal carvings [...]

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Why do I need to use Earthborn Silicate Primer?

Earthborn Silicate Primer is a base coat to paint on before using Earthborn Silicate Masonry Paint. It’s a good idea to use it on the surface of any wall that is very absorbent or loose and powdery to make sure the paint sticks and doesn’t either fall off or get drawn into the wall. The [...]

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5 Top Summer Gardening Tips

It’s been pretty hot and incredibly dry here in West Wales. Yes, even in Wales (where lets be frank, it’s unusual to go a whole week without rain) members of our team are starting to worry about how we will keep our gardens looking their best during the Summer months.  So, we have compiled our top [...]

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5 Reasons Why We Love La Siesta Organic Cotton Hammocks

We now sell La Siesta Organic Cotton Hammocks. Here are the reasons why! Beautiful, Traditional and Strong La Siesta Hammocks are beautifully made using traditional South American techniques. Quality workmanship, comfort and durability are synonymous with their products. All hammocks and hammock chairs are stress tested before they reach us. They are truly a place to relax. Organic The [...]

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