|Once thatched roof buildings were common place and
the craft was considered to be a basic skill of any competent
farm worker. But sadly these days have long gone and thatching today is a
The straw is combed by using a long straw rake which gives the smooth flowing appearance that can be seen on the roofs. The criss cross pattern of stitches that lay along the ridge is another feature and this is done by using rods of hazel fixed with metal pegs.
In many parts of Devon and Dorset the villages houses can be seen thatched in combed wheat reed, with is an alternative method of using straw. Here is is called Devon or Dorset Reed and is laid butt-end down and has a crisp, cropped appearance. Norfolk reed, however, appears to be similar to combed wheat reed, but the eaves and gables are not cut to shape, but are beaten into position with a "legget" to form a tapered profile.