2017 Missouri Preservation Conference

Eric Aulbach

My name is Eric Aulbach and I have been plastering since I was a pre-teen with my father, Clarence “Smiley” Aulbach. Our family history in the trade goes back generations; all the back to Germany in the 1800’s and beyond. My father taught me under the most strict Dutch manner: “Give your best effort everyday and learn from your mistakes so that you can become better at your craft”.  Everyday I wake up & I remember those words and strive to live by them.

I am a self-described “Plaster Geek”. My Passion is plastering. It is my love. I am one ot the happy few who like what they do. And since I like it, I excel at it. Every job is different in some aspect and therefore a new challenge.

I have worked my whole life to hone my skills. I have read most of the major books on the subject. Yes, there are actually books about plasterering. I own one of the rarest books of all: Plastering Plain & Decorative, by William Millar; 1897. It is the most comprehensive history on the subject.

Even when I travel or go on vacation the sites I go to see are all related to my trade. I have thousands of pictures of plaster work from through out the world, from the very primitive to the most elaborate.

Meeting other plasterers from other parts of the world is also an interest to me. And I never let language be a barrier to communication with a fellow plasterer. Just a few hand movements that mimic the familiar movements of the trade creates intstant understanding.

I’m clean-cut, well mannered, educated, articulate and also engaging with my customers. I ask questions about the projects much like a doctor and their patients. I delve into what they are trying to accomplish so that I can give them the best possilble solution.

Attented Drury Universtiy 84-88; BA Busines/History Minor.

Attended Pasadena City College with a certificate of completion in the printing trade. Yes, I could take apart an AB Dick 360 and put it back together – blind folded.

Member of the California and Missouri National Guard. 02-09. Proud cook of the 128th Field Artillery, Battery A and the 1175th MPs. I also could break down my M-16 and reassemble it blind folded! I do miss those days. My most memorable moment was helping to rescue survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in September of 2005.

Former partner and Western U.S. director of sales and server co-location sites for ConeXus Telecom. An early pioneer in Voice-Over-IP long distance.

I am still a bit shy of my MBA with Telecom emphasis, but I had an epiphany one day that Plaster was my real calling. So I dropped out and never looked back… with no regrets.

When we meet for a free consultation, I come prepared. You will likely find me to be the only plasterer who show up with a motisture meter.

Why is a moisture meter so imortant? Because much of my repair work is related to water damage. I have found through trial and error that it can be difficult to know if a leak has actually been fixed.

Materials I work with: hydrated lime, hydraulic lime, gypsum, cement stucco, keenes cement, thin sets and overlays.

Plaster ceilings and plaster walls made to look like new again. As a plasterer I also have superior methods on how to repair drywall or repair stucco as compared to most handymen or painters.



Pulled from his website stlplastering.com