Dorset Thatcher Rod Miller completed his thatching apprenticeship during the 1960’s with a thatching contractor in Wiltshire and in 1966 accepted the post for resident thatcher on the Weld Estate in Lulworth, Dorset where he still lives today.
Soon afterwards Rod was approached to price work for private thatched house owners and in the early 1970’s employed two trainee thatchers, one of whom was his brother, Ronnie.
As business thrived Rod sought more apprentices including Richard Nicolson who remains part of the firm today along with his son, Tom.
In the 1980’s Rod turned to importing reed from abroad when suitable local thatching reed became difficult to obtain. Realising the demand for it from other thatcher’s he set up a reed dealing business to run alongside the thatching and to supply thatcher’s right across the UK.