Yes, thatching could be a serious project. Using bales I had
envisioned running some lines back and forth across the roof and
then stuffing them with hay squares....that is pealing 2-3 inch
thick 'squares' like tiles from the bale. Sometimes the squares
come off neat but it does not matter much if they do not. Of
course this would produce a minimal-quality product. However, If I
was really going to do this, it would more likely be for something
like a renfair or as a seasonal backyard playhouse that stays up for
six weeks-plus which would justify a better thatching job or even a
cedar shake roof.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, mir.plemmons@g... wrote:
> On thatching, if you were *really* invested in doing this: you
thatch in bundles, a big handful of straw that you tie together near
one end (leave a few inches). You then tie each bundle right next
to the previous one over your horizontal poles. Think a bunch of
round brooms squeezed together. That shrub look you see in cottage
photos is only because people trim their thatch. If you were doing
a setup-takedown, you *could* stitch these rows to burlap instead of
a pole and spread the burlap over your framing but it'd be such a
huge thing to transport regardless of whether you prep the bundles
(and don't think you're going to get thatch from bales either -
you'll be grabbing a handful, scything and tying like your persona's
serfs). I've thatched with long grass, had a lovely day and left it
up for a season but can't imagine thatching 20 times in one year.
> What I want to do is to make a fake roof like a bamboo mat or one
of those Ikea bed frames with the slats stapled to strapping. I can
get cedar strips a couple of inches long by 5-6 feet, and I've seen
Rus roofs that were one long skinny board/shingle with the lower tip
cut leaf or onion dome style. I figure I can staple these flush
with each other to strapping and roll up the slat "roof" like those
tables, and lay it out on a framework over my *real* roof.. (Mind
you, this tourney season will probably only see the inside done...
this is a big project).
> Hoping this helps others think (and debating putting it to the
medieval encampment list)
> v'gosudar'delo - and happy 40th year!
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