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Wilf Foster

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A maker from Crendell

Wilf Foster at work The picture shows another use for a hurdle, Wilf has up-ended one to use as a shelter whilst he makes thatching spars. These long split hazel rods were used to peg thatch onto a roof or a rick. When thatch was more common and every farm had ricks that needed thatching hundreds of thousands of spars were wanted each year.

The second picture (below) is a detail from a photograph of two besom makers, notice the thatching spars in use pinning the thatch down firmly onto the roof.

Thatching spars in use.