Devon Based Thatchers.
Getting the right
Thatcher can prove difficult. Begin at best by recommendation
and by viewing the work which has been done in the past.
Try to look at work which covers a period of time, ideally
up to 20 years with straw and further with reed. Look
to see if the thatch is even with no bumps or sunken
sections. Look to see the line of the straw runs down
the roof. If it is all reasonably strait with a good
density you can be fairly sure it will keep going. The
angle of the roof needs ideally to be 60° but 45°
is just sufficient.
On the ridge look
at the 'braunches' which hold the 'liggers' in place,
when new they are deeply sunk into the straw. (The liggers
are the strips of hazel which make the decorative pattern
by the top ridge of the roof. The braunches are the
twisted hazel 'U' shaped stakes which hold the liggers
in place.) If you can see the braunches exposed it will
give an idea of the wear and if you know when the ridge
was replaced it will help you to gauge the speed of
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