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26 June 2017 05:16
Written by Kenton Dyck
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Written by Barry Dyck
22 October 2010 07:07
Written by Bruce Gellerman
Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:09 PM
June 27, 2013
"I decided at the age of 7 that I wanted to be a thatcher. When I was 16, my school counselor gave me the names of 50 thatchers working in England, and I began looking for an apprenticeship.
In England, a 5 year apprenticeship, in addition to college courses, is mandatory before a thatcher can work alone.
During my apprenticeship I won my first award, for best journeyman (apprentice), for work on a roof in Essex.
When my apprenticeship was over I joined the prestigious East Anglia Master Thatchers Association and spent several years working in England. I won best Associate Members Cup for a long straw roof that I worked on in Essex.
At the age of 25, I became the youngest thatcher ever to
receive the Ely Challenge
Cup, for my work on a
In 1991, I was asked to take on a project in the United States. I'd always wanted to bring thatch back to the United States, and I accepted right away. The U.S. market for thatch has been steady, and I've been here ever since."