Buildings tend to stay drier with roofs on them. Wood shakes have been used for a very long time and they last as long as asphalt shingles. Here's a great video that shows wood shingles and wood shakes on the same building, how to shingle and how to cleave the shakes with a froe.
To get certified for this BB, post the following pics:
- Wood chunk before splitting
- action pic
- 6 rough shakes, 20 inches long and at least 6 inches wide
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2019 ATC (Appropriate Technology Course) in Montana