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June 2010

Building a roundhouse - the roof

Posted by Ian Daniel on 11 June 2010
Thatching the roof
Dafydd, Tim and Andy fixing the purlins on the third layer of thatch
Moel y Gaer thatch from the main gate
Dafydd working the thatch
Dafydd using a wooden paddle to consolidate the thatch

Over the last fortnight we've been working on the roof and it's almost finished. We've used seven bails of reed to thatch the roof, each bail contains between 80-100 bundles of reed. As you can see we've gone through quite a lot!

Take a look at photographs. You can see the bundles being placed in between the hazel rod purlins before Dafydd uses a wooden paddle to beat the roof into shape.