2016 Thatching & Reed Workshop

Thatching – an Introduction 2016

thatching wood shelter 2011 group

January 9, 2016    THATCHIN– An Introduction.

Saturday.  Arrive 9:30a.  Class  10a – 5p.  Taught by Deanne Bednar

Learn about the basics of thatching a roof,   tour thatched buildings, see a demonstration of thatching on a small frame, and try your hand at it a bit. Learn the strategies of identifying and storing reed ~ when to harvest and when to thatch, and see a video on thatching.  Then we will go to a site about 10 minutes away, where you will check out the reed fields & see a demo on reed collection.  Consider staying on or coming back Sunday to practice harvesting reed & volunteer.  See below.

$60 with RSVP or $45 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register  Overnight accommodations available.  Some Scholarships. 


Come harvest reed with us on Sunday if you can !

January 10th, 2016   10a – 3p    We will be harvesting Reed in a local Field and you are welcome to get some more experience.
We will be going to a local field 10 minutes away, and you can practice harvesting reed, and contribute towards the collecting of reed for Strawbale Studio workshops & projects.   $25 Early Bird Discount price – 1 month in advance, or $35 thereafter with RSVP.   Includes a light lunch.        Register 


Bring a BAG LUNCH for Saturday and extra food if you’re staying overnight. Anything will do.

Optional: Bring a water bottle and perhaps a thermos for a warm drink. Camera, notebook, print our the Thatching Google doc to bring with you if you wish.

Dress WARMLY : loose boots, wool or insulated sox if you have them, ski pants or a few layers of sweat pants (jeans are COLD).  Hats, some work gloves.  We will be both indoors & outdoors.

If staying overnight, bring bedding if you can.. There are some beds and cots, and the floor.  Bring a mattress if you can. If you can’t – we will work it out !  Bring some extra food to share for supper and Sunday if you can. We can cook together.



Check out this  Blog on a previous Thatching Workshop !.

Thatched Roof in the rain        Tara & Tylers pics of Thatching 2012