Thatching continues

We have been working on the thatch on building 851, continuing the layers that we started yesterday. We added two more layers which has now covered the walls meaning that we can start daubing fairly soon.

A view from under the eaves of building 851, the hazel woven into the wall can be seen on the right.

A view from under the eaves of building 851, the hazel woven into the wall can be seen on the right.

Looking down on the thatched eaves of building 851

Looking down on the thatched eaves of building 851.

On building 848 we have woven several layers around at the bottom of the structure. We will continue to weave layers up the rafters to provide a base for attaching the thatch.

A view across the site with the woven bands of building 848 on the left.

A view across the site with the woven bands of building 848 on the left.

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One thought on “Thatching continues

  1. I’ve always been fascinated by these techniques. As a youngster, I used to build little huts Of fallen limbs lashed with grape vines and “thatched” with pine boughs in the woods surrounding our house. We had some pretty deep winters in western new York, and they were amazingly warm and comfy!
    Can you provide more details as to technique? How do you attach the thatch? What sort of proportions of chalk and straw do you use for the daub? How, exactly do you prepare it?

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