Starting on the roofs

The bitterly cold easterly wind was again blowing across the site today, we had hoped that it might have been warmer by now!

We have started to weave the roof on building 851, after securing the rafters last week. This has proven to be a tricky job as the hazel rods need to be woven in and out of the rafters that are already fixed at the ridge. When we constructed the walls we were able to lift the end of the rod up in the air which helped us bend it around the rafters. But with the rafters fixed to a ridge we have been unable to do this so it has involved some careful bending and threading to keep the hazel from breaking.

Bob and Claire weaving the roof structure.

Bob and Claire weaving the roof structure.

On building 547 we have started to construct the roof by installing four birch rafters. We achieved this by loosely tying the tops together in a cross shape and then, with a person on each rafter, we raising and then walking them into place on the walls. These were then bound onto the wall stakes with willow, this creates a strong joint that will allow us to experiment with various roof construction methods, which we hope to start in the next few days.

Walking the rafters into place.

Walking the rafters into place.

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