Wood Knowledge: Riven Chestnut for Lath and Plaster Work

Aug 8, 2022 | wood knowledge, wood products

MD Tom Compton introduces a very special product used in traditional lath and plaster work.

Hand riven from split sweet chestnut rounds these plastering laths are a beautiful example of sustainable productive forestry management practice.

Usually made out in the woods near us in Haslemere under a tarp by the extremely hardy and highly skilled woodland workers who manage coppiced woodland and have the expertise to produce these specialist product.

The hand riven Chestnut laths are traditional woodland products, primarily used for traditional lime plastering of ceilings and walls in the restoration of period and heritage properties (although there’s nothing to stop lath and plaster being used in a new build!).

Watch and enjoy 🙂


More about Hand Riven Chestnut Laths

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