Building a Thatch Roof House: Bushcraft Saxon House (Part 9)

Building a Thatch Roof House: Bushcraft Saxon House (Part 9)

We continue building a bushcraft saxon house. In Part 9 we thatch the roof of the shelter. We use natural water reed and hazel spars to secure the thatch to the rafters. It took us 3 months to finally get the thatch material into the woods but it’s finally here and we can continue build the house. Traditionally, Saxons would have used long straw for thatching their roofs. But those that lived in the wetlands and coastal areas will have had access to water reed. We used a combination of lashing and hazel spars to secure the thatch the roof of the house. When wet, the thatch will be heavy, so it was important that we built a solid foundation and timber frame. We layered the thatch up towards the ridge of the house. Each bale of thatch contained 70 yealms. Overall we had 150 yealms to use on the roof. In the next saxon house episode I will work on building the thatch up to the ridge. The wattle and daub clay walls are still solid, but we need still need to clay the inside of the walls. The anglo saxon house is really starting to look like a cosy tiny home now. We’re looking forward to continuing building projects here. Thanks for watching! Please feel free to subscribe if you enjoyed the video.

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