Wattle and Daub (Paperback)

By Paula Sunshine

Shire, 9780747806523, 48pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2008



Wattle and daub is possibly one of the oldest building methods in the world. Ever since man first erected a hut in which to shelter, sticks (wattles) and clay or earth (daub) have been used to fill in the gaps in the wooden framework, to keep out the cold, wind and rain, or the heat during summer. Wattle and daub can still be seen today as infill panels between the timbers of thousands of ancient timber-framed buildings throughout Great Britain. Its longevity is remarkable, as it may last for more than five hundred years in many situations. The author sets out to explain some of the mysteries surrounding wattle and daub and why it has stood the test of time.
Paula Sunshine works daily with timber-framed buildings, teaching homeowners and people in the building trade traditional -methods of repair, such as wattle and daub and lime plastering.