Clive Carter, Master Thatcher
From starting a thatching apprenticeship on the Rushmore Estate in 1978, under the Guidance of Master Thatcher, Mr Fred Lucas, with additional training at Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire, the National training center for thatchers. Clive went on to become the Estate Thatcher at Rushmore.
Then in 1984 he started his own thatching business “Shire Thatchers” and continued on to run one of the most trusted thatching businesses in and around the County of Dorset for over thirty years.
During the 1990s Clive was elected as Chairman of the Dorset Master Thatchers Association, a post that he held for seven years.
During the thirty six years of on the roof thatching experience Clive has encountered almost every conceivable challenge that thatching can bring about, from helping Architects in the design of roof structures for new builds to advising Surveyors on detail for repairs and alterations to existing buildings.
Over the years Clive has worked on many of the listed buildings in and around Dorset and now has a great knowledge of thatching in a traditional way to suit the individual building as necessary.
Clive was contracted advise and then to thatch a replica of an Iron Age Roundhouse at The Ancient Technology Center at Craneborne, using only ancient / traditional methods to complete the project.