When I'm siding with cedar shingles, I like to give my projects a distinctive look by taking advantage of this material's unique artistic possibilities. I use just a few basic techniques to craft a range of designs, from simple accents and dramatic repeating patterns to amazing free-form compositions.

These techniques are easy to learn; I taught myself how to create different shingle designs by looking at the work of other sidewallers and then experimenting. In this article, I will demonstrate how to build a simple geometric diamond.

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