Richard was professional, friendly and clearly had a deep love of his craft. His price was good and his quote was fixed. His work is as good as the most exclusive thatchers in the area – those with the highest price and a year plus waiting list – but for a much better price.”
My thatching career started while I was still at school. After reading an article about thatching in the newspaper I thought, “that’s the job for me!”. I looked up local thatchers in the yellow pages and promptly sent e-mails and letters to all of them. Only one chap got back in touch and asked if I could help him out on Saturdays.
When I finished school the thatcher offered me a job which I leaped at. This was the start of a traditional seven year apprenticeship, followed by a two year journeyman period where I travelled around the country working for other thatchers learning different styles and techniques. This period of time was a real eye opener and taught me a great deal about my craft. Following this I gained full membership to the National Society of Master Thatchers, something I am still very proud of today.
When I’m not up a ladder at work I am a keen beekeeper, (please do ask me for a jar of honey if you see me) as well as a terrible chess player and an amateur, but enthusiastic trumpet player. I also run when I can and generally try to cram any spare time I get with as much adventure as I can muster.
If there is anything else you would like to know about me, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.