Saturday, 10 March 2012


No, not those shingles, these shingles. The wooden ones.

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.


  1. Those shingles are absolutely beautiful! It must have been quite a time-consuming task to put all those there perfectly, symmetrically. You’ve just got to admire the level of craftsmanship put into making that shingled roof and the intricate carvings. Clearly, roofing isn’t just about putting up a roof on top of a house. It’s also about creating something beautiful that will stand the test of time.

    1. Absolutely! Amazing craftsmanship, with beautiful results, BB