Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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Constructed of dried palm fronds, this beach 'umbrella' shelter stands at the edge of the sand at dawn, ready for another fun day of picniking at the Lake Worth Beach, South Florida...The Municipal Fishing Pier is seen in the background. Many fish have been caught from this very scenic pier, having been rebuilt several times after hurricane damages through the years...
Palm leaves of every species have been used as the roofing and partition material of huts.
When constructed correctly, palm leaf roofs are extremely durable and water-resistant while remaining porous enough to allow ventilation from cooking flames and promote proper air circulation.
Traditionally, a thick mud layer is used to adhere whole palm leaves to the ceiling beams of hatches.
Palm leaflets make excellent partitions and terraces.
Young, flexible leaves are selected and cut to overlap on top of huts.
A palm leaf roof will last for approximately two years, depending on the leaf species and surrounding climate conditions.
December 15th, 2012
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