This roof was completed over the summer of 2013. We stripped the old thatch down to the roof timbers and after removing the battens fitted fire boards. The reed came from Austria, the straw from Yorkshire and altogether 6 employees of Master Thatchers worked at some stage on the roof […]
Here’s a cat chasing a mouse on a roof we have just finished re-thatching near Preston in Lancashire. As with all these straw animals it is always the customer who decides if they want anything on their roofs and we then give them the details of the people that make […]
Here are two stocks of water reed which we are using; the one on the left is Austrian and the one on the right is Chinese. Once the reed is on the roof it is virtually impossible to tell them apart especially when the reed darkens down. The reed arrives […]
This flax roof in County Donegal was stripped and re-thatched in water reed.
Combed Wheat Straw or combed wheat reed (CWR) is also sometimes referred to as Devon Reed. As the name suggests the thatch finish gives a dressed appearance very much like water reed. Even for experienced Thatchers it is not always possible to say whether a roof has been thatched in […]
Before and after photos of a summerhouse thatched in water reed. The photos were taken from different angles.