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Has any Goyer ever made a Wattle & Daub hut in the garden?


I was looking at the various ways on IT.
Lots of enthusiasts enjoying building them, as our
ancestors did, in various ways.
Its a cheap way of making a summerhouse !
I tried to make some ‘wattle’ once with Hazel twigs but
found it very stiff and springy even when soaked.
Maybe they used a different wood.
They certainly made themselves good shelters for the
winter months in the villages 1086 and onwards.
It was a hard life they had, with very cold winters.

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I think the idea is to use young hazel because it is so springy and therefore easily bent. as kids we played around with mud/straw etc making dens on bent sticks. great til it rained.

are you making a structure for your garden diane or just 'playing' as we adults are allowed to do sometime :o)

23 Jan, 2014


Havent had time yet SB. Maybe a miniature one, although I dont fancy mixing the daub with manure !

23 Jan, 2014


Hi Diane, sounds a great idea, but like you I wouldn't fancy mixing the daub, that's quite apart from not having the patience to do it, but last october I bought a new gazebo, it hasn't been opened up yet, so looking forward to that when summer arrives, Derek.

23 Jan, 2014


Are you going to build one Diane ? It would be nice for you to have a sheltered place to sit in your garden.

23 Jan, 2014


Thats the blessed trouble Hywel, I never get time to sit down, every time I stop I see something else needs doing.
Like everyone else.
No actually, I am studying the village down the road
l086 A.D. Have the pages from the Domesday Book for it.
Might make several small model wattle and daub huts to place in front of copies of open field maps on an A3 page. They had a hard time. Winters were very cold. They kept cattle in their huts, to keep them warm.
They were allocated strips of land to let everyone have a fair share of the good and bad ground.
These strips were often right on the other side of the village. They had to work them to get food. There were no fences so there was a lot of trouble with animals not being kept penned in on the tenant's strip.
The website for ' Luttrell Psalter' shows the life they had in great detail. We are so lucky now.

24 Jan, 2014


We certainly are ...

24 Jan, 2014

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