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These guys go around the world detailing new (and old) temples. They build the structure haphazardly, but solidly, then plaster over it several times refining the detail each time. They use portland/sand/marble dust for all but the final coat which is just portland paste. I included a picture of one the plan's "details", you can see the finished work in one of the photos.

The building itself is bombproof, 8" solid grouted CMU with an airspace and a 4" CMU on the exterior, which will be plastered and detailed too.
 

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A very unique structure, but they are really great craftsmen. - The Taj Mahal is a very old masonry clad structure with marble slabs with adhered gems set in perfectly gouged depressions with a very strange adhesive that is still being studied. Supposedly, the same man gouged the holes also did the stones and set them later.

What impressed me was the dedication and precision of the workers that hand ground/faceted all the gems in matched pairs that were placed over 100' apart just to maintain absolute symmetry. The same process is used on marble tables 10' long on a little smaller scale.

Traditions in India still continue, despite the amount of high-tech in their society.
 
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