Lilac Cottage- Thatching
I have now reached the interesting stage with Lilac Cottage, thatching the roof..
I am doing this with plumber’s hemp as described by Chris Pilton in his book on cottage building for Pendon, which I can thoroughly recommend.
Below shows the cottage with one aspect thatched and trimmed and a second elevation waiting to be trimmed. Once all this has been done then the ridges will have to be done as well as the various bits of detailing. Eventually the whole building will be weathered.
one thing i have noticed, for anyone who has had a house re-thatched, model thatch seems to produce as much mess as the real thing if not more scale for scale!