Les Chaumiers du Mezenc
The trade, which nowadays is no longer taught, was handed down to Pierre Gimbert by a former thatcher of the region. The firm uses rye straw for its roofing. Harvested in August, the crops are thrashed between a fortnight and two months later, then combed in winter to remove any broken straw, grasses and bindweed, which would otherwise hinder water run-off from the roof. Thatch’s qualities include that of being lightweight and flexible, in addition to its thermal properties. The material used by thatchers is quite unique, since they make it themselves, or else have it made according to their own particular way of working.