Not many people are proud to own a 40-acre patch of Phragmites, but William Cahill is. For 12 years now, he harvests 40 acres of this reed we all love to hate - the invasive native, Phragmites communis. Every January and February when the winter is at its coldest, he cuts the reed by machine and sometimes by sickle. This is, perhaps, his favorite part of roof thatching. |
Here, Cahill re-thatches a little girl's play cottage at Old Westbury Gardens.
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published on October 17, 2005