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    Take a look at how wood shingles are made in the present but using old school tools ...look in the beginning at the frigging hammer LOL , also the good part starts at 2:00+

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    Nice....a Froe is on my short list of tools to get, not sure how often it will get used, but me still wants it
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    At 4:30 I gotta get a hat like that!

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    That's it! Maramures straw hat! Thanks KS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YTSESoldier View Post
    Nice....a Froe is on my short list of tools to get, not sure how often it will get used, but me still wants it
    Ditto.

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    Pioneer cabins here in Illinois were roofed this same way! The froe was the original "batoned" blade, and mallets like his are useful for batoning axes and hatchets to split wood as well.

    In this area, the "roof boards" were not sculpted as they did, but were left full width. There is some discussion among historians whether they should be smoothed on the shaving horse or not. Some think that the rough grooves channel water better. Those guys almost made an art form of theirs!

    The boards work pretty well, because rain will swell the boards, making them fit together more tightly.

    I have some of the boards, a froe, a draw knife and the shaving horse that my dad had for a pioneering demonstration back in 1976. I considered doing the roof for my log cabin that way; but in the end I decided to use asphalt shingles. Many early cabins burned down because sparks from the chimney ignited the roof boards in dry weather!

    This was a really cool post; the young guy was really quite good with his tools!
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    I was sitting here, watching the video thinking "What hammer?" and then all of a sudden...

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    Thanks for this post. My great grandfather was a shingle maker in Ukraine in the late 1800's before he moved to the US. Made me just sit here and think about him which always makes me feel at peace with the world no matter how crappy stuff is on a day to day basis.

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    wonder what wood that is? almost looks like a poplar. sure has a straight grain!
    I used to use cedar but can't get it anymore.

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