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Learn How to Replace a Historic Cedar Shingle Roof

Preservation Skills Workshop:
How to Replace a Historic Cedar Shingle Roof

Instructors: Tony Vizzi, Andrew Gustine
Sat.-Sun., Sept. 29-30, 8:30am-6:00pm

During this 2-day workshop we will undertake the replacement of cedar shingle roofing on the Crystal Diamond Springhouse.
Guided by two building professionals with over 70 years of experience between them, participants will strip the existing cedar shingles and remove them to be composted on site, repair the existing wood lath, and install new western red cedar taper-sawn shakes. Hands-on work will be accompanied by instruction in the use of wood shingle roofing materials historically and its appropriate use in historic preservation today, including design choices like shake vs. shingle, amount of exposure and minimum pitch. Skills and processes to be covered include:

  • condition assessment of existing wood roofs
  • measuring
  • estimating 
  • personal and workplace safety 
  • methods of layout and coursing 
  • rules of thumb for shingle placement and nailing
  • fastening methods.


The workshop will meet from 8:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a break at noon for lunch (bring your own).

Full scholarships are available for high school and college students. Email cpizzi@yellowsprings.org for more information.


Instructors for the Workshop Series

Tony Vizzi, owner of Affordable Copper Roofing, has specialized in historic roofing materials and techniques since about 1981. With a background in finish carpentry he developed a keen interest in the highly detailed installation of slate, tile and metal roofs. For the last 15 years he has enjoyed sharing his knowledge with other contractors and has collaborated on many historical projects.

Andrew Gustine, owner of Native Woods Restoration Carpentry, is a master carpenter focused on rehabilitating and restoring houses, barns, and outbuildings for more than 25 years. He holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

Date & Time
  • Weekly on Sunday and Saturday
  • Sep 29, 2018 through Sep 30, 2018
  • 8:30AM - 6:00PM
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