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    Quote Originally Posted by TedPalmer View Post
    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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    That knife he's using cuts through that wood like butter.

    Romanians have some serious skills from my experience.

    Nice post.

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    I always thought it'd be cool to visit Romania, being a poorer nation it's probably very much like the West Virginia I knew as a child when visiting my Grandparents

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    I remember being at King's Landing or one of the other living history places in New Brunswick when I was a little kid... I've got an image burned in my head of two old timers, and I mean pushing 90 and probably had 90 surrounded, and they were sitting across from each other, with a giant pile of 18" cedar bolts behind them and a MOUNTAIN of hand froed shingles in front of them.

    I'd say these guys had a lot of experience doing this, because they were CRANKING out shingles.... and I think they only had about 12 fingers between the two of them!

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    Cypress makes good shingles.

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    White pine is good too, big, cut the knot whorls out, some growth can be 2 feet between the knots. I have always wanted to make a lean to and use shingle on the roof in place of brush. Drop a plastic in front and a space blanket inside for reflection, Mors super shelter. Cedar is nice but hard to find good clear and not rotten stock, at least in my woods. I would even try spruce if it was clear enough.

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    Showed it to the wife & she said, "maybe he'll give you one of his stumps"....as I've been looking for a while for a nice size to support my old anvil.

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    I didn't understand a single thing they said, but I loved the video!

    Never mind the hammer, Dat Hat!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HEMLOCK79 View Post
    I didn't understand a single thing they said, but I loved the video!

    Never mind the hammer, Dat Hat!!!
    hes saying that many put hard metal-plastic-or tar shingles on their houses , but the British that own properties in the area ( prince Charles ) only want wood shingles , they also have huge orders for old churches all around EUrope , than at the end hes saying that no mater what people will use in time they will return to their old roots and customs" we are returning to our beginnings" -wood shingles
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    A cool video, indeed!
    Might be an idea for my woodshed.

    Those kids look to be in a good shape and that blade.... I wonder if you'd notice it when it takes a bit out or off of you...

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