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Plans for a shingle mill?

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In my quest to educate myself on green and environmentally responsible building techniques, I've come across several YouTube videos of antique shingle mills powered ny tractors or steam engines. If you've never seen one of these things in action you should most definitely search it out and watch the video.

At any rate, as nostalgic as having a hundred and twenty year old piece of technology might be, I'm thinking more practically. I see no reason why a more modern version couldn't be fabricated using a bandsaw and some sort of clockwork cutting table. I've searched but come up empty.

Does anyone know of any plans out there that could address this need? Or, does anyone know of a modern shingle mil that could be had at a reasonable price?

Thanks in advance
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Hi Darryl, et al,

Call Hudson Forestry Products they can address many of your questions. There are attachments for making shingles on several mill brands. I have used several and own a Hudson, (and others.) Remember, saw shingles really have to be oiled well and do not shed water as well as riven...though can still last a century or more if milled correctly, treated well and selected from proper tree grade.
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