Building a Medieval Roundhouse – Thatching the Roof | Bushcraft Shelter (PART 8)

Join as as we continue to build the bushcraft medieval roundhouse from the iron age. We use natural water reed to thatch the roof of the bushcraft shelter. We chose water reed to thatch our celtic roundhouse because it is the most hard wearing and durable of thatching materials. But traditionally it is likely that the celts would have used long straw, and mud on top to keep insulation in the house. But they would have used water reed if they lived near the areas that it grows. 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 and each bundle (yealm) overlaps the layer before it and we ‘dress’ the thatch with homemade drifters or leggets. This blending makes the thatch look smooth and helps it to shed rain and keep the bushcraft shelter waterproof.

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