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Beginning to Thatch

After installing all the stringers on the rafters, The next step is to nail the green Palmeto fronds onto them. Held up for a day by Memorial Day and Tropica Stormm Beryl, we began the thatching process.  Alexander scrounged up 300 green fronds over the weekend by cruising the streets of St Augustine and picking up curbside fronds left by home owners for pickup by the City.  We began under cloudy skies and finished under a steady light rain.  We did get 2.5 rows of thatching on the roof creating a skirt for the west side of the building.

Thatching in the rain



The first row of thatch from the inside



The roof with a thatch skirt