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Each corner of the arakabe had “higeko” nailed in. “Higeko” is a little brad nail that has a length of fibery hemp tied to it, that gets laid into the first pass in a “V” shape. It prevents the earth plaster from shrinking away from the wood. You have to make sure to knock/press the head of the nail into the arakabe wall, or you risk nicking your trowel.

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