While browsing Google for postings about myself, I came across another Bob Armstrong, who just won an award in England as a master craftsman. That Bob is a "Thatcher" by trade, making and repairing reed roofs in a style that would be familiar to builders there a hundred years ago. Apparently, he is from the Downton area, known to viewers of the eponymous BBC show about that region. He was given the David Stewart Lifetime Achievement award winner at The Balvenie (Scotch Whiskey) Masters of Craft 2012, an awards programme which recognises, honours and celebrates highly-skilled craftsmen and women around the UK.
“Bob Armstrong has established a reputation over a wide area of the south of England for quality workmanship on all types of thatched roofs that is second to none and he thoroughly deserves this award. He works with wheat reed and water reed and occasionally long straw, which has largely died out in this part of the country. "
The article about this from the Salisbury Journal can be found at the follwing link:
It is a privilege to share his name!
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