How to build a Scottish Blackhouse.
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The blackhouse is built on clay where the base stones of the wall stand on pebbles to prevent movement . The thick insulated walls of the home are built from two layers of dry stone with an infill of peat  topped off with a layer of clay to prevent water getting in to the wall and then capped with turf which absorbs any excess water .
The timbers of the home were generally made from driftwood and in some cases whale bone . Over the timber roof a layer of turf was placed but leaving an unturfed region on the ridge of the roof to allow smoke from the central fire  to escape through the oat straw thatch .
The Isle of Lewis is a very windy place so the thatch needs to be secured by a rope netting and weighed down with stones .
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