With the eight south columns now completed, work has resumed on the second-floor shingling! Note the blue trap, left. It keeps the sun off me.


This corner will be—sigh—incredibly time-consuming, just like the inside corner which took forever. Not only will each shingle need to be custom-sized and with half of them half-rounded on the bottom, but each shingle on the outside corner will need to be vertically beveled so as to properly “kiss” the adjacent beveled shingle, creating the perfect corner. Heaven forbid that the corner not be perfect. The horror!

And then, a zillion shingles will have to be laboriously fitted to the curved openings, AND fitted to the slope of the roof.

But…as long as I focus on my baby-step method, and stock my audible library with some really great books, one day, one day, this corner, too, shall be shingled.




  1. Patty D on October 1, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I know how time consuming and meticulous this work is, and I dont know how you keep going, BUT I can’t wait to see the results!!!!

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on October 2, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I have the utmost faith in you Ross.
    It will be stellar when done. One day at a time.

  3. Ragnar on October 2, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Are the original shingles at least all the same width and height? If they are, you could just set the fence on the table saw and feed all the shingles through one after another. That’d be faster than measuring and cutting each shingle individually.

    Crazy idea: depending on how thick the shingles are, perhaps someone could cut the rounded bit for you on a laser cutter? Typical “smaller” ones (roughly the size of a washing machine) will cut solid softwood up to about 3/8″. That one cut should take less than ten seconds per shingle (plus opening the lid and replacing the shingle with a new one) and depending on the size of the cutter you could cut anywhere between two and six (rough guess) shingles at a time. You’d need to quickly sand off the charred cut edge as the laser cutter technically burns through the material but it’d still be much faster than a jigsaw!

    I know, I’m a bit biased, as in “if all you’ve got’s a hammer every problem looks like a nail!” but I do love the laser cutter at work!

    Eureka being a small town you probably won’t have a maker space/ Fab Lab nearby but laser cutters can be found at many small print and sign shops.

    • glenn on October 2, 2019 at 11:06 am

      They’re supposed to be random width, unless the bottom is rounded or given a pointy shape [the highly technical term.]

      • Ragnar on October 6, 2019 at 4:54 pm

        Well, every other course of these walls does have rounded shingles, so these are likely uniform width rather than random and the rectangular ones seem to line up perfectly, which means they’re the same width as well.

  4. Mike Hammerstrom on October 2, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Shingles should overlap at the corner alternating direction each row. Beveled corners will open as the wood shrinks.

  5. Debby S. on October 2, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Well, you do have a view of the beautifully shingled roof to enjoy while you work.

  6. glenn on October 2, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I’ve done this many times. Always start with weaving the outside corner, then the inside corner, then fill in each row.

  7. Linda A. on October 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Oh happy day!!!! Music to my ears! I have been counting the days until the south side work would resume. I know it is such a tedious and labor intense job because you are a perfectionist( which I LOVE about you!!), but once that side is d-o-n-e then you get to work only on the inside of your scrumptious home! Not climbing to such great heights, cool in the summer, warm in the winter….it will be a breeze compared to the fantastic work you have done on the outside! Keep chugging along. We are all pulling for you,Ross.

  8. Stewart McLean on October 2, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I have never been certain how an outside porch which has a room below it can be drained properly. On the exterior I see what looks like a flashed piece of downspout at what I assume is slightly below floor level and designed to drain water from the porch. Does this section of spout go through the wall to a drain in the floor or does the floor incline toward the corner so the water flows through it? Is there some sort of channel to keep the water that blows in during a storm from running along the inside wall shingles?
    I feel like that porch is a particularly appealing outdoor room and will be more so when the painted work is completed.

    • Jonathan W on October 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      I believe the porch floor is slanted and drains out the spout onto the roof below.

      • Ross on October 5, 2019 at 9:42 pm

        You are correct, Jonathan!

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