If you’ve ever tried to patch plaster in your house using real plaster, even a small patch on a flat surface, you know what a pain it can be and how much skill is involved. Now imagine an entire ceiling or intricate crown molding with ogee (s-shaped) or cyma recta (concave at the outer edge and convex at the inner) curves. The craftspeople at Hayles & Howe have mastered the art of restoring these intricate elements and a whole lot more.
Among many impressive works, they created the ceiling in the most recent renovation of Union Station in D.C., Virginia State Capitol dome, and, closer to home, the sanctuary at First and Franklin Church. For their work, they have received awards from no less than the President of the United States and the Queen of England (the firm started in Bristol, UK and today has offices there as well as Baltimore).
Please join us and the master craftspeople at Hayles & Howe to get up close to plaster manufacturing the old-school way and learn how it is done. We are in for a special treat because they are currently working on an impressive (and expansive) ceiling pieces for a large historic theater in Philadelphia!