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We received a very nice email from David Winchester with NAPL – Home of Professional Plasterers; sending us this note:

I need to send you this comment that I received from a friend of mine who viewed the blog about yourself.  “Hi Dave, just read this post, wow what a guy.  Is it possible to learn more about Randy’s history.  What a really interesting gentleman.”  Would it be possible for you to send us some more info about your life and your times you spent in the marines onto your life as a boxer and how you came into the plastering trade?

Well, Randy’s been called many things during his lifetime but a gentleman…that caught our attention!  I wasn’t quite sure how to add to the previous article I’d done about Randy so…I’m going to pretend the first one was never written.

Hope you enjoy!

Randy was raised in Miami, Florida.

Harold & Randy Clark 1955 Who could have guessed Randy would one day become a ‘fighting plasterer’.

He’d always been an athlete; he was a pitcher in Little League Baseball and High School. At the age of 14, he threw out the very first pitch for the semi-pro team that would go on to become the Miami Marlins.  He played football in Pop Warner and while attending Southwest and Coral Gables High School.

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Randy in his Baseball uniform 1957

Randy in his Baseball uniform 1957

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Randy reported to Parris Island boot camp in December 1963 just one week after his 17th birthday making him the youngest recruit there; due to his athletic abilities he did really well during that time and was awarded Platoon Guide.

Parris Island Graduation 1964

Parris Island Graduation 1964

He also came out of boot camp with PFC (Private First Class) and was given the Dress Blue Award given to only one Marine in the platoon.  The Marines treated Randy as a poster boy for the Corps; so even though the Vietnam War was raging  and his MOS 0351 was a Flamethrower, he wasn’t sent to Vietnam until his tour of duty was almost over; that has always been a huge regret of his that he never got to set foot in Nam with his fellow Marines instead he’d been pulled off the boat in Okinawa to finish his service there due to his being a short timer with less than nine months to serve.

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Randy at Parris Island 1964





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Randy with his flamethrower



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Randy in Dress Blues

Randy continued to play football in the Marine Corps, when he was stationed at the Marines Barracks at NSA.  He was voted ‘Most Valuable Player.’

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Colonel Williams saw promise in Randy and wanted him to continue playing football so when he returned home, Randy went to the Miami Dolphins Football Team during walk-on tryouts for a linebacker position. He was told he was a little slow for his size and they asked him to come back the following year.


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Back home he’d set up a heavy bag and speed bag in his carport and started working on his strength training.  During this time Randy’s mother, Hildegard worked with Baron Pate and learned that he was also a professional fight manager and trainer; she told him about her son. Baron would come by Randy’s house everyday after work for months; he wanted to work with Randy before taking him over to Angelo Dundee’s 5th Street Gym to work out with other fighters because at that time Randy only had raw skills and needed a little polishing.  He forgot all about his football aspirations to devote himself entirely to boxing.

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Baron Pate and Randy working out at 5th Street Gym

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Randy also began his plastering career at this time.  He grew up next door to a plastering contractor going to work with him as an apprentice.   In those days, you had to be born into a plastering family or know someone to get hired to work with plasterers.   Once again it would be Randy’s athletic abilities and drive that would set him apart from others on the crew.  He would go on to work with many of the premier plastering companies in Miami and it would be these men that would go on to form his base of fight fans.  Most would come to cheer him on and well, others just wanted to see the brash youngster get knocked on his arse; those guys would be sorely disappointed!

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Randy was a good looking young man with a strong personality; the marketing and sky would seem to be limitless…he’d be given the moniker and hype of being the “Next Great White Hope” following Jerry Quarry’s path in a sport dominated by great heavyweights such as Ali, Frazier & Foreman.

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Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Muhammad Ali

While training at Dundee’s gym Randy had the opportunity to watch Ali prepare for his first fight with Joe Frazier.


His manager, Baron Pate would take Randy over to Dinner Key Auditorium to train and it was there that Randy would get to watch Joe Frazier also training for the fight, it was pretty amazing for a young fighter to get to witness.


Randy was so impressed by Frazier’s work out routine complete with the most outrageous pulsating sound system; that he took every bit of money that he had and bet it on Frazier to win the fight that night; making $300.

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Randy kept working out and his following continued to grow even the press got fully behind the young fighter with the knock out punch.

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These are just a few of the many articles written about Randy.  It is remarkable to think that Randy would get up at five o’clock each morning to run five miles than go to work plastering all day before heading over to 5th Street Gym to train.  If he missed his morning run, he’d run during his lunch break.

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It reads in part “Charley Clark (no relation) opened a big cut over Randy’s left eye so Randy put Charley to sleep with a right hook exactly at the buzzer ending the first round. Randy is now 9-0 with seven knockouts, five of them first-rounders.”


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Randy was brought along slowly by his manager Baron Pate but the years of training and fighting would take their toll and he’d be forced to quit fighting in the ring after 15 professional bouts due to chips in his elbow; he still can’t straighten his arm fully but that hasn’t slowed him down.

Randy still works out on the heavy and speed bags

Randy still works out on the heavy and speed bags

Randy also learned that he had the natural ability to lead men, he decided to form his own plastering company and plaster supply house.  He moved to the Florida Keys where the buildings he worked on can be found from Key Largo to Key West.

Randy ran the inaugural Seven Mile Bridge Run in 1982.

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7 Mile Bridge Run 1982


Marathon, Florida. In the lower part of this picture you can see one of Randy’s projects, the condominiums at Faro Blanco Marine  Resort.

It was while he was in the Keys that he was contacted to do the plastering work for a national construction firm and he would begin to travel with his men; something he continues to do today as his plastering work has now taken them all across America and the Caribbean.  He’s been involved on projects ranging from historic restoration projects to 23 story buildings and he’s been featured on Home & Garden TV.

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Randy filming an episode for HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge.

Randy applying Venetian plaster to the wall.

Randy applying Venetian plaster to the wall.

Randy has enjoyed a long career in the plastering trade.



Today the guys like to concentrate on projects that mean something to them so we look for historic, traditional interior, ornamental and specialty finish plastering work.  They want plastering projects that are as unique as they are!

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The guys don’t take themselves seriously but they take their work very seriously!

Randy is now working with our son, Cody and the men are proudly passing their knowledge onto him; it is a rare education that Cody’s receiving learning from some of the finest men still plastering today!

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Cody working with the guys on an ornamental plaster molding project.

Cody working with the guys on an ornamental plaster molding project.

Randy’s enjoyed a wide variety of interests.

Randy, Ginger & Cody (aka Dogmeat) in May 1999 during the Rolling Thunder Run in Washington, DC to the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Randy, Ginger & Cody (aka Dogmeat) during Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Run in Washington, DC which ends at the Vietnam Memorial Wall.









Even after a day of plastering there's still work to be done.  Randy with Alarm & Koko

Even after a day of plastering there’s still work to be done. Randy with Alarm & Koko



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Ginger, Randy, Linda & Carl Brown

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Randy golfing at a construction event

Randy in the bunker at Dale Hollow State Park.  Hey, it's a tough course!

Randy in the bunker at Dale Hollow State Park. Hey, it’s a tough course!



Roy Jenkins Pool Renovation

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Roy Jenkins Pool

In Tampa, Florida we were fortunate to work on a very unique structure.  An above ground swimming pool built in the 1928 at a cost of $75,000.  The pool which had to be closed in 2008 was in desperate need of repair and re-configuration to serve the residents of Davis Island.

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Randy checking out one of the cracks on the exterior walls; in fact the walls are about the only remaining part of the original structure.

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In the 85 years of the pool’s existence the walls had been repaired numerous times by apparent unskilled workers from the looks of everything going on with the exterior finish; it really is a hodgepodge of different textures, some areas were the original cement plaster finish, some areas were a smooth sanded finish and then there were areas that were just a soupy mess.

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We’d go on to have mixed feelings about this project as we felt the walls deserved better than we were directed to give them. We were only to repair the cracks and then match into the adjacent texture found on the building, period.  We had wanted to recreate the 1920’s splatter dash finish especially on a building as important to a community as this one.

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In changing from a three section pool design into its new redesign the exterior walls would really take a beating.


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The Roy Jenkins Pool is now open and the community is once again enjoying it.               We are very proud to have played a part in its history!

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The Roy Jenkins Pool is a very unique structure.  These above ground pools were popular in the 1920’s; today in the Midwest and Northeast there are a small number of these pools in existence; many of them were designed by Wesley Bintz (Roy Jenkins is not a Bintz pool but appears to be based on some of his design ideas).  The ”Bintz” pool was popular with cities due to its lower construction costs since it was above ground with the changing and mechanical areas housed underneath the pool.

Below is a Bintz pool in Anderson, Ind.

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Famous people with ties to the plastering trade

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As promised in our earlier story’s tease.  While doing research online we found some pretty interesting folks with ties to the plastering trade.

Let’s start with The Chairman of the Board – Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.

Did you know that his first wife, Nancy Barbato was a New Jersey plasterer’s daughter and that Frank in the early years would work with his father-in-law plastering walls while waiting for his big break.  Yes, that’s right.

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Sean Connery arguably the best James Bond, Agent 007 ever; worked with his brother, Neil a plastering contractor.

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Britain’s 1988 Olympic ski jumper, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards is a plasterer.


And thanks to Philip Gaches, we’ve learned about Ricky Tomlinson, a British actor & activist who was a plasterer by trade.


If you know of other famous folks that have a bit of plastering in their history we’d love it if you would share them with us.

And there are other famous plasterers more specific to the trade itself but these were just a few of the people you might not have expected!


What’s in a name or rather an email address…

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Yes, that really is our email address.  So you might guess that one of the most asked questions is…what does it mean?

Well, Randy’s a United States Marine and he’d been a heavyweight prizefighter…now it all makes sense, doesn’t it!

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Randy served from 1964-70; at boot camp on Parris Island he excelled, he was named platoon guide, received PFC and the Dress Blue Award.  He played football and learned a little about boxing in the Corps; so after his service he continued boxing at Angelo Dundee’s 5th Street Gym on Miami Beach.

As a young fighter, he would watch  Muhammad Ali training at Dundee’s gym before heading over to Dinner Key Auditorium with his manager, Baron Pate to work out.  It was there that Joe Frazier was training for the first Frazier-Ali fight – “The Fight of the Century” in 1971.  Randy was so impressed watching Frazier work out that he bet everything he had on Frazier that night, $300.


Randy would wake at 5 am to run five miles before plastering all day and then heading to the gym after work for his training sessions.  He would go on to have 15 professional fights before chips in his elbow ended his fight career.randy boxing plastering

Now thanks to a post by David Winchester from NAPL – Home of the Professional Plasterers, we’ve learned that Randy isn’t the only “Fighting Plasterer” nor was he the first. In doing research we learned about a fighter by the name of Fred Fulton, “The Rochester Plasterer”.  He fought in the early 1900’s and indeed had been a plasterer by trade in Minnesota.


And you won’t believe what else we found…now, how’s that for a tease.  In an upcoming story, we’d like to introduce you to other “Fighting Plasterers” plus a few more folks we found with interesting ties to the plastering trade.



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We were asked to go to South Florida to install a couple of plaster domes in the ceilings of a residence.

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Blueprint drawing of oblong dome

When we arrived on site we notice that almost every piece of the domes had been damaged in shipping and had been placed improperly on the concrete floor causing them to warp. Each of the damaged details would need to be meticulously recreated by hand.

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Next we found that the framing was incorrect and there wasn’t enough space between the concrete above where the dome was to be placed; it would mean the dome was now hanging lower than it had been framed.

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Each piece would need to be cut or shaved in order to fit into the space set up for the oblong dome.

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Each section would be mitered together to create a seamless look and the entire ceiling plastered to cover up the incorrect framing issue.

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Now the dome is ready to have the trim pieces put into place and mitered together.

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The finished dome.

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The smaller round dome.

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Randy looking over the installation and the mitered joints, the plaster is still wet.

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Cody & Randy Clark looking very satisfied about a job well done.





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We had a project in Thomasville, Georgia where we did the plaster restoration on the historic Courthouse built in 1853.


In doing research for the project we learned a bit about the community and the history of the area that we’d like to share with you.

At the center of this beautiful little town is the historic Thomas County Court House built in 1853.

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The courthouse had fallen into disrepair.


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The finished interior; we used wood fiber gypsum plaster with lime finish.

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We were so very happy to be a small part of bringing the Courthouse back to its place of prominence in Thomasville.











If you haven’t been to Thomasville yet, you should definitely put it on your list of places to see.

In April the city holds its Rose Show & Festival.


In December they have their Victorian Christmas celebration.

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The downtown area is filled with quaint shoppes and restaurants.



There are many surviving plantations in Thomas County, such as Pebble Hill built in 1896.

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Other plantations are still in operation today as Shooting Plantations.

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Then there are the grand Victorian homes like the Lapham-Patterson house built in 1884.


The Glen Arven Country Club, one of the country’s oldest golf courses is located in Thomasville, it was built in 1892 and was a favorite of President Eisenhower shown below on the course in 1956.



Well, it’s pretty easy to see why we enjoy our historic plastering projects; not only are we doing what we do best; we get to know the communities, the people and the history of the areas where we work.

We’ll forever feel like a small part of these wonderful places.

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We’re different!

Ornamental plastering

Mitering an intricate decorative oblong dome.

With the same Espirit de Corps he first experienced as a young United States Marine, Randy Clark works alongside his team of seasoned veterans at Olde World Walls & Ceilings.

We’re different!

A few of the things that distinguishes us from the other companies is the meticulous planning and preparation we undertake before our crew arrives at the jobsite; everything that they will need has been seen to and they know exactly what is required to deliver the best finished plastering job to the owner.   We believe it is this attention to detail before, during and afterwards that sets us apart.  We care.

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Our plasterers have decades of experience in all phases of plastering;  each possessing skills and secrets passed from generation to generation and we have become family after working together for many of those decades.


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Coquina Shell Exterior

We’re proud of the level of professionalism and the quality of craftsmanship we bring to each project, we will no take shortcuts or cut corners.  Our promise is that you will get nothing but our very best, every time!

We are grateful to have these men with us as they are some of the most respected, talented plasterers still working  today and we’re very pleased to be passing that knowledge to our next generation.  OoRAH!

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Olde World has built its reputation, as a premier plastering company, one project at time and on our belief that each project is the most important one we’ve ever done!  It is upsetting to see the shoddy workmanship of others; cracks, “termite tracks” or a layer of plaster so thin you can see the cmu block underneath, we can’t believe that people are accepting this type of finished product.  We strive for perfection!  Our favorite projects are those that we find hard to leave after all of our work is done.  The ones that we feel we couldn’t have done any better; yes, we really that proud of our workmanship.  We won’t disappoint, you deserve better.

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Working inside an ellipse dome ceiling.
The dome is 40′ x 20′ x 5′

It is spectacular!

It is spectacular!

The dome illuminated.

Plaster has been around for thousands of years and is always evolving, so are we!

We strongly believe our continuing education is also what differentiates us from the others.  In doing research for our historic projects; we learn not only about the building but also the community it originally served.  One of our favorite projects was for the good people of Thomasville, Georgia.  What a beautiful town.

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We take great pride in being invited to work on historic projects, it’s an honor, and to all those working so tirelessly to save these wonderful old buildings, thank you.

Another component to our success is that we are inquisitive; we enjoy experimenting with the newest products, trends and techniques that are constantly emerging from the various manufacturers of plaster around the world.

Venetian Plaster in sunny yellow for Mrs. Fowler's dream home.

Venetian Plaster done in a cheerful sunny yellow for Mrs. Fowler’s dream home.

The possibilities that come from using plaster on your project are limitless.

To our clients, we cannot thank you enough for the trust you have placed in us.

Olde World Walls & Ceilings participates in the E-Verify program of DHS.

We invited you to go to our Facebook page (or click on the facebook icon and bottom of the page) to see what we are currently do and items of interest regarding the world of plastering.  While there if enjoy what we are posting, please LIKE us!

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