All UK thatch owners have to reconcile themselves with the fact that every 10 -15 years they will need to spend money on a new ridge. For those that have had a complete new thatch previously and have witnessed the steady deterioration of their roof, this is a day they […]
In the summer of 1980 a tall scrawny graduate with no real experience of hard physical work or what thatching entailed sat down at The Thatchers Rest in Kings Ripton, Cambridgeshire – the home of Malcolm Dodson of Dodson Brother’s Thatchers, to discuss the possibility of entering the thatching trade […]
In Holland it is said that approximately 2,500 new thatch buildings are built each year – more new than anywhere else in Europe. Holland is also unique in that many of these buildings are commercial and residential buildings and […]
Only a handful of thatched houses remain on Tiree and here is a picture of one of them. They are usually thatched in marram grass or bent (Ammophila arenaria). As with the Blackhouses on Lewis the walls are very wide (see our Scotland page on the website) and consist of […]
This roof has been fitted with fireboards and we are now creating the shape of the dormer window. The reed we are using is from Austria.
The clients on this barn conversion re-ridge that we did wanted to keep with the straight cut ridge thatch of the original. Sometimes these straight cut ridges can be more suited to these types of buildings.