The thatching starts

As we are now in April we were expecting the temperature to rise, but instead it seems to be getting colder. We had snow blowing across the site today on a strong north easterly wind, making us wonder when spring would be arriving!

We have started thatching building 547! We are testing the section of roof that we constructed yesterday, which has been very successful, with three layers of thatch completed by the end of our day.

Three layers of thatch completed on building 547.

Three layers of thatch completed on building 547.

We also completed another of the experimental roof sections on building 547 today, this is the third quarter that we are going to try. In this section we have woven the hazel into the rafters diagonally rather than horizontally, purposefully keeping the brash on just as we tried on the wall section on this building earlier in the project. We are hoping to see whether this type of roof structure is as strong as the others that we have tried, and also to see what thatching materials will work on it.

Richard, Lisa and John admiring their work.

Richard, Lisa and John admiring their work.

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