Traditional skill inspires new plastering firm

Dan Garner. Photo by Neil Philips.

Dan Garner. Photo by Neil Philips. - Credit: Neil Phillips Photography

A MAN who found a passion for intricate plastering after taking a course at Weston College has set up his own business.

Dan Garner, aged 32, discovered a natural ability for the 500-year-old skill of pargetting, which uses plaster of Paris mixed with hemp to create sculptural effects.

Now after finishing his level two plastering diploma the father of three has set up his own business, D Garner Plastering Services.

He said: “I was made redundant from a printing company and decided I wanted to work for myself.

“I found plastering easy and then discovered my niche with this creative work.

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“I’ve been told there may be opportunities on film sets and specialist requests in older properties or for people wanting artistic designs in their homes.

“The lecturers at Weston College have been incredibly helpful and it’s great to launch my own business.”

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The college’s plastering lecturer Barry Allford said: “I made a musical note on the wall and Dan then created a cherry blossom branch. I have not seen talent like this in all my years here.”

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