Have you ever wanted to know how to
printed, 115 gm gloss paper and 250 gm art cover to be more durable with 56
pages A5 size with over 6,300 words, 70 b/w detailed photographs, plans, and
illustrations Including a glossary for our strange thatching terms - Second
edition of this popular little book with more content than the first edition and
at no extra cost- email support included. With a CD copy of this book and other
Now also with a
DVD of a small round house in straw with great detail suitable for making your
own, see the youtube snip http://www.youtube.com/user/thatcheruk?feature=mhum
Also on the
DVD, brief details on reed thatching is included. This is not intended as a guide to help you start your own thatching business
the only way to do this is with a proper apprenticeship it does condense my 45
years experience into easy to digest material and may kick start your interest.
With the huge
interest in sustainable Green Building Technology it is a sensible no nonsense
guide to get you started.
Written by a Thatcher of 45 years experience on full size,
interior design and museum exhibit thatching. The roof slopes are thatched
the same way as a full sized one so you can get a detailed insight into our British thatching technique. An extremely detailed step by step
instruction booklet with photo's and drawings of all stages
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The cost to have this porch
made and thatched for you would be £470 This one was not made by a Thatcher
but a diy carpenter following the plans in the book and without my
help. I know of no other highly detailed books on thatching for this type of
project. Tried and tested by many users since 2001
33" High 50" long Porch /
Wishing well top in combed wheat reed made for, constructed and used as the
model in this thatch booklet. Approximately 1/6 of a full scale roof. Exact
in details apart from stainless steel fixings and bamboo instead of Hazel
spars on the ridge. The smallest practical accurate scaled down size using
full size material.
Not tidied up or varnished, thatched using ordinary baled
straw from any farm, you must be able to get 6" lengths from the bale for
example to thatch a 24"
X 12" roof. This is thatched exactly as a long straw main roof even down to
the Hazel spars and Liggers, apart from the bale and few Hazel or
Willow sticks all tools and fixing materials easily available from DIY shops. Up to 2.5
good quality varnish will be required to be soaked into it to give a life in
excess of 10 years.
conical straw roof as featured in full details on my DVD a full very
detailed almost to obsession (after all I do not expect you to be a Thatcher)
version of the YouTube clip on my home page. Also includes Norfolk reed
fixing technique in less detail but enough to understand the basics on a
full size roof. An introduction to Sustainable thatched Green Roof
of the difference. Very easy
to make this, the booklet will help but is not really needed, all that is done is
long lengths of material is fastened onto the roof, the patterns and fixing
method is detailed in the booklet this is 2 feet long, just copy the garden center
Thatcher's material suppliers will be
reluctant to supply small quantities of reeds and straw, and the type and shape will almost
certainly be unsuitable for very small scale. Thatching straw / reed is normally sold
by the lorry load!. Contact a local friendly farmer and cut some yourself with
garden shears while it is still slightly green, grasses, heathers and other
suitable types of vegetation have been used over the years to thatch. Try wools,
plumbers hemp, cocoanut fibre, even cheap paint brushes are a good source for
tiny ones. Coco fibre now available by post- see
Click for a sample from
the book - Combed Wheat Reed (mechanically prepared wheat straw) is shown for
clarity, but your own choice of vegetable material can be substituted, cats
tails, deer grass, and all of the marsh sedges and grasses 2 to 3 feet and above can be used
but remember that for a decent thickness a double armful at the cut end of material covers 1
explanation of all these strange terms is included in the book/DVD!
Book better than advertised....great
First class little volume. As described and prompt
delivery. Many thanks
Thoroughly professionally written book, exactly how it
should be done
Excellent booklet, very fast delivery.5******
Fast delivery great, highly recommended A+++++++ A
useful reference book & just as described. A satisfied customer, here.
I have to say, for the price you charge and the wealth of information within your booklet, I am very happy in receiving your pack. Thank you very much for this insight into what is truly a master craft.
I will have a good read through and I am sure this will become my new bible.
Yippie, Wahoo .. got my CD and booklet in the post today!
Already read the booklet and the PDF file on thatching. Wonderful
bits if information. Good read. LOL
I don't think you would catch me on that scaffolding. I have a much
greater appreciation of the expertise that goes into creating a thatched
roof. My wife and I spent a wonderful 10 days near Cancun, Mexico at
the Barcelo Riviera Maya Palace Deluxe and they have done a LOT of
thatching there to give the impression of perhaps a Polynesian flavor.
They wrapped the entire thatching with what I believe to be 2" black
fishing net. I would think it would be for the same reasons
contained in the PDF. The eave edging was not nearly as beautiful as what
is in the thatching PDF or the booklet. Perhaps if you get a chance
to Jet away to the Bahamas you might be able to stop there for a First
Class adventure and leave a business card. I believe you could teach
them a thing or two about proper thatching :)
But for now, thank you, for putting together that package of information.
I found it to be very worth while and informative. Enjoy your
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or €16 EURO) including postage