This is a wooden handle with metal spikes used to comb down and straighten the Longstraw into place.
There are some fascinating thatch buildings around the country, here’s a thatched bus shelter.
Not just Straw and Water Reed are used as thatching materials.
Often, in the past, the base coat was made of other materials, including prickly gorse!
Water Reed grows in watery areas eg rivers and lakes.
Reed beds for thatching materials occur naturally but must be cut regularly to produce good material for thatching.