When I got to the Lazy Man’s Farm the main structure of posts and beams was already built and all we needed to do was just put up the roof, so that’s what I’m going to explain how to do here.
The materials used were local trees for poles and beams, a vine called marica for tying up the main load-bearing structure and the bark of the malagueto tree (Xylopia spp.), which provides long flat fibres that are ideal for tying the palm leaf stems to the rafters.
These are the raw materials: posts for rafters, and the marica vine and malagueto tree for fibres to tie everything together
The bark of the malagueto tree, a nice long fibre for tying the palm leaf stems to the rafters
The structure as it was when I arrived
A close-up of the marica used to tie up the main structure. It actually gets harder and draws tighter as it dries, turning into a woody clamp
The guys at work
This is what the malagueto fibres used to tie the palm leaf stems look like from the inside
A close-up of the fibres
Here we can see clearly the malagueto used to tie the palm stems to the rafters and the marica vine to tie the rafters to one another
Fixing the side panels
Time to get started on the roof!
Marcelino working on the saddle, which needs to be attached strongly because we get very strong winds in the area, so here we forgot about natural materials and went for wire
The beautiful patterns viewed from below! 🙂
We ran out of palm leaves and had to go get some more
this is how to prepare the palm leaves: they are placed with both sets of leaves facing downwards, for which they must be cut along the stem on the opposite side of the central vein of the leaves, so that it is this central vein that keeps them holding on to the stem
the cut and folded leaves look like this
placing and tying the palm leaves is time consuming, but the time involved can be reduced by getting as much help as you can. Time for community work! 🙂
And the finished structure looks like this. Time to put up a hammock under it and have a siesta! 🙂