National Geographic : 1935 Nov
RAMBLES THROUGH ULSTER, NORTHERN TIP OF THE SHAMROCK ISLE Ii © National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by Bernard F. Rogers, Jr. TO THATCH ONE'S HOME TAKES PATIENCE AND SKILL The workman has removed a strip of old straw and spread a layer of " marl," or soft, yellow clay over the exposed area. Next, he took some of the willows from behind him, stuck them in a row, and then laid new straw against them. Now he binds the thatch to the roof by bending the willow sticks over it and pushing the free ends firmly into the clay. Finally, he will pour water over the new roof to keep the wind from ruffling it.