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Monday, December 01, 2008

Repairing the Thatch!

A traffic stopper for sure. This is the first house on our street and this week they started to repair the ridge line at the top of the roof. I stopped to chat with my neighbor and he gave me a little insight on how to care for a thatch roof. The ridge line at the top is the most important part of the hole roof and as long as that is maintained the roof should not need replacing for up to 30 years.
He had a new chimney built last week and there (naturally) was damage done to the roof during this process, so he and his son are now putting on a brand new ridge line.
Very often, the ridge and the underneath of the eaves are covered in chicken wire to prevent birds from dragging at the thatch during nest-making season. Then they start weaving and binding the reed spires into the ridge line.
Each 'Thatcher' actually designs the decorative part to the roof top as they thatch! They just cut and design on the fly...........!

I really enjoyed my visit with this thatcher. Thatching is something that cannot be rushed and it is rewarding to have seen the roof being created for this lovely little cottage.
I will visit a few more times this week to show you the progress they make and hopefully learn a little more.
That is all the WiseWords I have for today,


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