I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Doyle Self. Cancer had once again claimed another victim. I was just one of thousands that Doyle either taught or inspired with his love, really his passion of Venetian plastering.
I first got to know Doyle in 2003 when I was looking for a plaster expert to be a moderator on Talk Faux Forum. I had done some research and several people I had talked to told me to ask Doyle, they said he owned the School of Italian Plasters, was the exclusive distributor for Safra products and he was considered my many to be the "king" of the plaster industry. I think it took me a week to finally work up the courage to ask him, but when I did, Doyle immediately accepted and then spent about 30 minutes giving me a history lesson on plasters and telling me why most likely my plastering sucked! Ha! He wasn't wrong!
Thank you Doyle for all the plastering help you gave me and the countless others in the industry either through classes at your Atlanta, California or Texas School of Italian Plaster locations, through industry conventions and events, forums, phone calls or countless other ways. You will be missed!
Happy trowels to you Doyle!