Weaving Wood Shingles

The author demonstrates the weaving details that set his jobs apart and the production methods, such as using a shingler's hatchet, that help him keep his prices competitive.

The first starter course is set to a string line.

A second starter course is laid with minimum 2-inch offsets between keyways.

On a typical job, each carpenter works a section of the roof, which helps avoid confusion; courses are checked regularly and adjusted as needed.

The Alaskan yellow cedar shingles shown here are thicker and denser than red cedar shingles and somewhat more difficult to split.

The author uses the gauge button on the shingling hatchet to lay out courses. The hatchet comes with buttonholes every 1/2 inch; he heats the blade and uses a drill press to make additional holes at 1/4-inch increments, which is enough to handle any spacing variations.

The hatchet is much faster than wood strips for lining up courses.

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