Making Roof Shingles With Hand Tools

Have you ever admired the old houses covered with shingles from an open-air village museum? Well, those shingles were most likely hand-split piece by piece in a small carpentry workshop from the village of Breb, MaramureČ™. Making roof shingles is an old-time skill, once widely practiced throughout the world, but now still in demand in a few remote places where people weren’t so quick to discard the traditional ways and disregard the natural advantages of wood. In the yard, whole stacks of fresh-cut logs, piled tree trunks, mounds of shingles, and the sounds of hammering and wood splitting coming from the workshop, hands, and minds working together splitting and shaping each roof element with great speed and precision. As we’ve been told, finding the material is the hardest part. Only wood from shady forests is harvested. A small test cut is made at the base of the trunk to test it. If it is lustrous,  with a left-hand twist of grain, and has no knobs, then it is suitable for the job. It doesn’t require a vast array of tools to get the job done, just a few essential hand tools axe, mallet, draw-knife, and froe. Affiliate links Buy Stubai Drawknife Made In Austria The … Continue reading Making Roof Shingles With Hand Tools