Banbury Thatcher taking tradition to the USA

Daniel Peck at his Banbury workshop as he puts the finishing touches to a thatched dog kennel NNL-160112-125834001
Daniel Peck at his Banbury workshop as he puts the finishing touches to a thatched dog kennel NNL-160112-125834001

A Banbury-based thatcher has taken the centuries old tradition across the pond to the USA, plying his craft on Presidential buildings and record-breaking rooftops.

Daniel Peck, 26, from Banbury is a self-employed thatcher who quickly developed the skills required to master the craft.

Thatched Wendy House by Daniel Peck NNL-160912-135129001

Thatched Wendy House by Daniel Peck NNL-160912-135129001

Daniel said: “I got into thatching through a friend who asked me if I wanted to do an apprenticeship. It is supposed to be a five-year apprenticeship but I got taught fast and I was self-employed three years into it.”

Daniel has now been thatching for six years and has worked across the UK. Last November, however, an American-based business man presented a chance for him to thatch his way across the United States.

Daniel said: “I set up an Instagram page and that’s how he found me. He asked me if I wanted to go over there and see how they do it.

“He’s from Essex but emigrated there 25 years ago and set up McGhee and Co. He has people go over there quite a lot as there are no experienced thatchers in America.”

Thatched bird house by Daniel Peck NNL-160912-135253001

Thatched bird house by Daniel Peck NNL-160912-135253001

Daniel has taken the State-side trip twice, allowing him to hone his skills and work on some distinguished properties, Daniel said: “ The first time, I went to Virginia and worked on one of Donald Trump’s wineries. The last time, I was in Boston and worked on the biggest thatched roof in the world.”

Since returning to the UK in June, Daniel has started construction of a whole host of unique thatched items including Wendy houses, dog kennels, gazebos and bird tables.

Daniel said: “I thatched a Wendy house for the kids and that’s what gave me the idea to start making different stuff.”

The hand-crafted creations are made using the same traditional skills used to thatch the roofs of houses and should have a life-span of up to 15 years.

Visit the Thatched Creations page on Facebook to view Daniel’s items or call 07427161677 to arrange your own bespoke creation.