Making Roof Shingles with Hand Tools



Making some chestnut shingles using hand tools including froe and side axe. In this film John shows you two different methods for making roofing shingles or shakes, and goes into some detail. He is an expert on this having made more than 2,000 for his woodland building alone!

One Response to Making Roof Shingles with Hand Tools

  1. This looks much safer…..years ago (around 1970) near the Ho Rain Forest of WA We visited a cedar shake mill @ 2 AM and observed logs cut into lengths which were grabbed by an operator & his guillotine that’d drop w/a foot lever to slice a shake into being. Many who did this had a finger or two missing as this operator had. Hair raising it was particularly at that early hour of the day.

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