making wood shingles -old school

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  1. Keyser Söze

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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+

    [video=youtube;QRlPgTNgbtE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRlPgTNgbtE&list=FLcUJ_W2OB3G-vsCdwDqy_nQ&index=3[/video]
     
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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 :4:
     
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    At 4:30 I gotta get a hat like that! :33:
     
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    That's it! Maramures straw hat! Thanks KS. :cool:
     
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    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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    Pinius silvestris - Scots Pine
     
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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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    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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    this is so cool, I've always wanted to make a shelter/ debris hut, but instead of using leaves and sticks woven together, make a proper shingle roof. thanks
     
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    Use shingle slicer.. goes way more easily. :)

    [video=youtube;QAJUD3NES3M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAJUD3NES3M[/video]
     
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    i must be old

    We would go to my uncles house in NW Washington and make cedar shake single.
     

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