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    mike rowe on dirty jobs went to a cedear shingle&shake facility..he said it was the skeerest thing he had ever done.... Im curently building a "barn" air conditioned of coarse. im using ceder 6"x6' dog eared pickets to make the all trim out of...less than half price than the same thing with out dogears and in the lumber dept....and there is much more color to them too, if they are rough sawed and you want smooth/not furry, but not planed, then just use a razor knife and shave them. works great. they dont look so good sanded.

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    I remember them being split by hand w/a mallet and a special tool, called a shrove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katy View Post
    I remember them being split by hand w/a mallet and a special tool, called a shrove.
    Do you have a picture of a "shrove"? I've always known the tool used to split shingles off a log as a "froe".
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    No picture, that was about 70 years ago. I think you're right w/the word "froe", my memory ain't as good as it used to was. The blade of the tool was about 12-15 inches long and the head was at right angles to the handle.

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    Wooden shingles are cut with a saw, while shakes are split with a froe & wooden mallet.

    Making cedar shingles - video-cedar-shakes-vs-shingles.png

    Making cedar shingles - video-froe.jpeg


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