Thank you so very much for your wonderfully clear explanation.
Sadly I have never seen a true thatched cottage - probably not suitable to
our tropical climate. The way you describe the roof it would not require the
stones hanging from above the eaves by ropes at all.
Thatching looks lovely in photos, and must stand up to a great deal of wear
as the Irish climate is noted for it's rainfall. Somewhere I heard that a
well-thatched roof could last 80 years, is this true?
A large roof would require a 'specialist' to thatch I imagine, especially
one with gables. Would there be many builders still capable of thatching
today, and do they employ apprentices? I imagine in earlier times people
would do the job themselves.
One further question: is Bog Oak the name of a particular species or has it
lain in a bog for centuries and become extra hardened?
From your answer we can see that 'sally rods' were of great
----- Original Message -----
From: "Viola Wiggins" <viola.wiggins(a)tesco.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2008 9:29 PM
Subject: Re: FER-GOLD Thatching Houses
When a house was build of rough stone the foundation for the thatch was:
1. Beams, cut from oak or Bog oak, to which thin rails were fixed