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Ken Hume
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Post Thatching Spar Making
on: July 12, 2015, 07:48
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The annual Woodcote Steam Rally, South Oxfordshire provides an excellent venue for craftspeople to exhibit their wares and services to the public.

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OWG fellow Andrew Jarvis exhibited his thatching spar making services.

He will demonstrate the ancient craft of converting hazel rods into spars & liggers for the thatching craft.

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Andrew's sign was hand made by James Findley Signs.

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The 28" long hazel rods are first split in half at one end using a small adze to make a heart cut and then lever the ends apart the end of the rod so that this can then be pushed over and around a vertical hazel post that effectively splits the spar in half.

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This process is then repeated to quarter the hazel spar.

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The quartered spars then have their ends sharpened to a point and any rough bits shaved from the sides using a blade that has been fixed to a seat. This is a quicker and safer method than using a free billhook.

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