One way to give shingling projects a unique look is to use repeating geometric designs, a basic technique I described in an earlier JLC article (see "Decorative Shingling," 6/06).

But it's also possible to build complex patterns and free-form scenes with cedar shingles. In this article, I'll demonstrate how to build a meandering vine with leaves. The trick is to build out the design with multiple layers of shingles, and to use tapered shingles — or "ramps" — to ease the transition between layers.

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