Building a palapa roof

Well the new massage palapa roof was erected this week

.Its an amazing piece of art to watch these men do the work. Again it’s a dying art with only the older men knowing how to do it. Like anywhere else in the world the young ones don’t want to learn the trade of their parents and the arrival of new technology like cell  phones,T.V, computers etc  creates new outlets for the young ones.

First is the cutting of the zapote wood which is very hard, lasting many years, which the termites cant destroy. This they find way out in the countryside and usually takes a day to cut.

The following day its brought to the job site ready to work. Depending on the size of the roof this can take between two days to a week to accomplish.

Then the huanos(palm leaves) are ordered and cut and left out to dry.

 In all I needed 1000 to complete the small roof, at a cost of $2 pesos to $2.50 each and the cost of delivery.

Once dried, they return to complete the roof taking another two days. This may sound a long time but the working hours for this type of labour usually starts at 7 am in the morning until 1 pm before the sun gets too hot.

When the leaves are all in place then its time to trim the overhanging huanos making them look all neat and tidy.

About thepickledonionyucatan

Born in England emigrated to Canada and now reside in the Yucatan Mexico. LIfe is a journey so enjoy as much as you can
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