While in Switzerland we passed quite a few old farm houses with wooden shingle cladding. Can you imagine how labour intensive they are to fix? And then throw in a carved detail like this one.
There are quite a few examples of contemporary shingles, they are mostly crude and not very attractive, though there are exceptions like these.
My brother took us to a small village with several old farms nestled into the hills that rise steeply from lake Lucerne.
All the houses were made of timber. In some cases very VERY old timber.
Rough and textural.
Everything made out of wood.
Well not quite everything.