Wooden shingles have long been used in New England due to the abundance of wood and its durability. Ingenuity and mechanical innovations led to commercial production equipment like this Shingle Mill on display at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum.
A short length of cedar is fixed into a mechanism that carries the wood to the saw.
The mill worker takes each shingle…
… in a well practiced movement…
…lifts the shingle away from the saw blade.
A wider view:
This mill has an amazing number of moving parts.
I was fortunate that during my September visit the Maine Forest and Logging Museum was having Living History Days.
The Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley has a variety of exhibits intended “to preserve, celebrate and educate people about the sustainable forest culture of Maine.”