Thatching Materials – Combed Wheat Straw

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 water reed or CWR especially when they are both covered in wire mesh and have aged to be the same colour.

I don’t mind admitting that sometimes I have resorted to pulling a piece from the roof to check!