Thatching Workshop

thatching wood shelter 2011 group

thatching a small frame

January 10, 2015    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.

$50 with RSVP or $35 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register  


Volunteers in the Reed Field !

Come harvest reed with us on Sunday if you can !

January 11 – 10a – 2p  No charge.   We will be harvesting Reed in a local Field and you are welcome to get some more experience.  Overnight accommodations available.
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. 


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 from last years’ Thatching Workshop !.

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