Threshing Straw for Thatching Houses

Straw for thatching needs to be well-dried.  Stooks and ricks were a two-stage process which enabled straw to be cured so it was in the right condition for thatching.  However, problems arise if there is a wet autumn because the straw is unable to dry out correctly.  As mentioned in the last post (Putting the Lids), 21st C technology has come to the rescue in the form of loaders which can shift sheaves to barns.

Manor Farm straw is threshed by Dorset-based Symonds’ Thatchers.  These photos were taken this year, on the 10th October.

overall scene

overall scene

dropping sheaf bale

dropping sheaf bale

Pete clipping reed

Pete clipping reed

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