Thatching Tools

Almost all of a thatchers tools of the thatching trade are hand tools. Even the ladder could be classed as a tool rather than equipment. The main tools are listed below with a short explanation of what they are used for:

Twister
A sack shutter tool used to twist stainless steel wires down to the screws for a tight fixing.

Drill driver
Used to secure screw fixings to battens with screws and wires fixing method.

Brush
Used to do final brush down of new roof elevation coatwork.

Knife
Used to cut strings on bundles, some thatchers use to cut out ridging and trim thatch.

Shears
As above and for trimming bundles and cutting eaves out.

Leggett
Flat headed paddle shapped tool used to dress up coatwork on combed Wheat reed and water reed

Mallett
Used to bang in spars and other fixings and pat up the block of the ridge

Stitching needle and gutter
Used when securing materials to batten with stitching method.

Wire twister
Used to twist the edges of the wire netting together when applying to the completed roof.

Kneelers
Pads worn on the knees to protect the thatcher from discomfort when kneeling on ladders.

Spar hook
Used as a knife to cut bundles etc, and used to make liggers and spars, trimming and shortening them as part of the thatching process.