Sunday, January 10, 2010

Shingle Beach

The logging industry is a major part of Vancouver Island's economy. Logs that are floated down rivers and estuaries sometimes break free and end up on the shores around Victoria.The mature Western Cedar's soft red-brown timber is valued for its distinct appearance, aroma, and its high natural resistance to decay. It is extensively used for outdoor construction in the form of posts, decking, shingles and siding.Patrick is taking advantage of these wayward logs to shingle the roof of his house.He first uses a small chainsaw to cut the logs down to shingle size and then creates each shingle using a froe to cleave the wood by splitting it along the grain. He has so far cut 8,000 of the 10,000 shingles he needs.


  1. I don't know much about roofing with shingles (with anything for that matter) but it looks tome that 8 of them would easily cover 1 m2 assuming that the half of the surface is lost for overlaping and let's make it rounder and say 10 shingles for 1m2. Still, 1000 m2 of roof surface is what we're talking about. Massive house. Impressive. Anyway, nice job, nice froe, I've just made myself one. I'm a woodturner by the way (just "aficionado").