National Geographic : 1953 Jun
o National Geographic Society 814 Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer B. Anthony Stewart Rural Craftsmen Practice Old Skills: A Cottage Gets a Roof, Dobbin a Shoe Roof thatching went to New England with the earliest colonists. A Bristol record dated 1626 shows that one John Morgan placed himself as apprentice to a New England carpenter. For seven years' work he was promised 25 acres of land in the New World. Here an apprentice thatcher learns to trim new straw on a Herefordshire cottage. When his training is complete, he may become one of nearly 900 master thatchers in England and Wales. Properly laid, the thatch will last 15 to 25 years. Below: A Hereford apprentice blacksmith fits a horseshoe.