The Celtic Village
Building a roundhouse the work continues
We've been working on the purling which will hold the thatch. I'm really interested in how we build the roof. Dafydd, Tim and Andy have even allowed me to help out! I'll be in the Village between Monday and Thursday next week. If you are around call in.
Building a roudhouse - the roof
The house is taking shape now it's all quite exciting. You can see how it will eventually look when Dafydd and the team have finished their work.
Dafydd's had plenty to think about though. The first six rafters went up easily but then he had to decide where to place the ring-beam - inside or outside the rafters? As you can see from the pictures he place them outside the rafters. You can find out why in Dafydd's diary.
Once the ring beam was placed the next set of rafters went up quickly. They were notched, allowing them to hook onto the ring-beam and then lashed with tarred string. A second ring-beam was then placed lower down. Before long we will be thatching.
Link to Dafydd's diary http://www.theroundhouse.org/dafsdiary.htm
Building a roundhouse - continued
We started on the rafters yesterday. There will be 36 ash rafters in all. We will be creating ring beams and using a load of hazel rods for the purlins and sways. Come over to see the work develop this week.
Thanks to everyone who called in over the bank holiday weekend - it was great fun!