Japanese Plastering with Earth & Lime

2023 Canelo Workshop

Japanese Plastering
with Earth & Lime

With Kyle Holzheuter


  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023
  • Monday, December 4, 2023
  • 06:00 PM
  • 05:30 PM


  • Canelo Project , ARIZONA


  • $ 1300 inc. trowels, all meals and camping
Sorry, this workshop is full, with a waitlist

Japanese Plastering with Earth & Lime


This workshop is full, with a waiting list.

A 6-day workshop teaching traditional Japanese methods of wall-building and plastering, using earthen materials and lime. 

The price of this workshop also includes a set of trowels for students to take home. These are specialty Japanese trowels and are required for the specific mixes and applications. 

This workshop will cover a range of Japanese mixes and methods including:

  • Japanese hawk and trowel application method
  • Japanese bamboo wattle construction and weaving method
  • Base Coat Plaster – Japanese have a traditional using of high fiber clay mixes, carefully aged
  • Brown Coat Plaster – this is an all round clay coat that can be used as a base or finish 
  • Shikkui Lime Clay Plaster – this is a traditional lime-clay finish with high fiber

This course is suitable for both beginners and experts. You will learn everything from the basics, such as how to compose a mix, and applying that mix, and then the more advanced practices, such as Shikkui Lime Clay finishes.

  • Dates: This course begins with orientation and dinner Tuesday evening and ends Monday 5pm, with a dinner and breakfast following morning provided.
  • Meals: are included in the workshop price.
  • Accommodations: Camping is available but it is a cold time of year with evenings getting below freezing. We have a bunkroom with beds available which is included in the workshop price. We have a few private rooms available for an extra cost.
Workshop Syllabus 
Instructor: Kyle Holzhueter, PhD. 

Kyle works as a builder, researcher and educator specializing in natural building materials and sustainable systems such light rice husk lime insulation, natural plasters and energy efficiency. He is a graduate of the Kyoto Plastering Institute and the first westerner in Japan to pass the level one Japanese National Plastering Exam. He also has a PhD in Bioresource Sciences from Nihon University where he researched the hygrothermal environment of straw bale walls and building practices to control moisture. In 2017 Kyle founded Permaculture Center Kamimomi, a Permaculture demonstration and education site in Okayama, Japan.