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January 13, 2017 Saturday. Tour, Class, Demo & Hands-on thatching, demo of reed collecting.

January 14, 2017 Sunday.  Optional practice reed collection in local field.

Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system. *Tour the 3 thatched buildings on site, learn the principles of design and construction, *participate in a thatching demo on an indoor frame, & *watch a British & Danish thatching video. On Sunday – come learn how to  harvest Phragmite reed for thatching… in a nearby field ! Yes.  Thatching in Michigan !   Taught by Deanne Bednar

$55 Early Bird Discount by Jan 1 or $70 thereafter. Some Scholarships available.
Bring your own lunch.  Overnight & supper/breakfast available for $10
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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 tha100_1313tch, 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 over or coming back Sunday to practice harvesting reed & volunteer.  See below.


Come harvest reed with us on Sunday if you can !

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

Basics of thatching a roof


January 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am
January 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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