A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo was formed from this centuries-old legacy of craftsmanship and expertise. A.C.E. stands for African, Caribbean and European. Our company acquires our high quality thatch and bamboo mainly from these areas of the world. A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo was founded in 1973 by Valjawan Deer, who has more than thirty years of experience in the thatch and bamboo business.
Like all of the master thatchers at A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo, Val learned this ancient craft over many years from his father and his father’s father. Val, who is the President and C.E.O. of A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo, holds the very first license in the United States issued by the State of Florida Construction Licensing Board in traditional thatch construction and authored the requirements for the inspection of thatched roof and log construction adopted by Florida.
A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo's scope of work includes log and pole construction in addition to the use of several types of thatching materials. They have built thousands of thatch and bamboo buildings, including structures for the television, motion picture, hotel, and resort industries. They’ve also done theme parks, celebrity homes and zoos across the world, including the world’s largest natural thatching project in the U.S. for an internationally acclaimed entertainment company in Orlando.
From the ancient legacy of thatching, as old as time itself, A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo has evolved into the premiere thatch and bamboo builder in the world.
Valjawan "Val" Deer started the company 30+ years ago as a one man operation. He traveled around the United States focusing on the coastal areas, building and thatching Tiki structures, using knowledge and a craft taught to him by his father.
Val started with a vision to develop A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo, Inc. from a small one man operation into an internationally known Thatch and Themeing company, providing unsurpassed quality and craftsmanship to his clients. He has been instrumental in the development of A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo, Inc. as well as the Thatching industry in the United States. Mr. Deer wrote the requirements and guidelines concerning Thatching for the State of Florida. A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo, Inc. was the first Licensed and Certified Traditional Thatched Structure Contractor in the United States (License # CY 000001).
Val has traveled around the world learning and perfecting all types of Thatching methods, using all of the traditional Thatching materials: Reed, Grass, Straw and Palm. As he traveled, Mr. Deer hand-selected the finest quality Thatching materials available, using years of practical experience, sense of touch, taste, smell and vision to provide only the Best for his clients. His vision has resulted in a company that is recognized around the world for their work for Universal, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Water Parks, Zoos, Celebrity Clients, Television & the Motion Picture Industry and Disney.
Mr. Deer's one man operation almost thirty years ago has grown into a company that imports from over 27 different countries, has satellite offices in Asia and Africa, construction crews working all over the world, and a name that stands for quality and craftsmanship on any project.
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