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An exterior shot of the North facade of the strawbale studio.

Thatching & Reed Collection – the Basics !

January 12, 2018 Saturday. 9:30a – 5:00p  Tour, Class, Demo & Hands-on thatching, demo of reed collecting.

January 13, 2018 Sunday.   9:30a – 4:00p   Hands-on reed collection in local field, special thatching videos.

Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system. The Strawbale Studio roof was thatching before the turn of the century …in 1998 !  Yes !  Thatching in Michigan !  Taught by Deanne Bednar



Saturday – Learn about the basics of thatching a roof,tour thatched buildings, learn the principles of design and construction, 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, how to store reed, when to thatch.


   Harvesting Reed in the field

Sunday – hands-on reed harvesting & Videos- We will carpool to a reed field 10 minutes off-site & and you will harvest and bundle reed using hand tools !  We will have some snacks with us. Then we will return to the cozy main house and watch and discuss videos that show a variety of thatching styles and details from Denmark and the UK  






$55 Early Bird Discount by Jan 1 or $70 thereafter. Bring a Friend Discount. Class limited to 15 so .

Overnight & supper/breakfast available for $15   Details at Registration link ! Some Scholarships available,.


Bring a BAG LUNCH for Saturday and extra food if you’re staying overnight. Anything will do. We will work out the food situation so we are all happy and fed !

Suggested: Bring a water bottle and perhaps a thermos for a warm drink. Camera, notebook, print out the Thatching Google doc to bring with you if you wish.  LABEL your items 🙂

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. If not we have sleeping bags, etc. There are some beds and cots, and couches, 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

An exterior shot of the North facade of the strawbale studio.

The North side of the Strawbale Studio

Harvesting in the Reed Fields

2012 Retreat Cabin

Harvesting reed

Preparing reed bundles



January 12, 2019 @ 9:30 am
January 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
$50 – $100


Strawbale Studio outside Oxford MI
2691 Noble Rd
oxford, MI 48370
248 236 5432
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