Cedar Shakes Add Rustic Appearance to Teasel's Wood Cabin

John and Rebecca Bunting visit America every year, each time travelling over 2000 miles, visiting various new areas.

"Over the years we have stayed in some unique and amazing accommodations including numerous log cabins. We have always dreamt of having our own log cabin in our own garden."

Having decided to build their very own American style wood cabin, they drew design inspiration from Adirondack, Western, New England and Mid West styles. The right choice of roofing material was crucial to make the cabin look as authentic as possible. Thanks to the rustic look they provide, Silva Timber’s Western Red Cedar Certi-sawn No. 2 Grade Tapersawn Cedar Shakes were selected.

"We didn’t want to use cedar shingles as we wanted to achieve a chunkier, less perfect look – so we opted for cedar shakes. Silva Timber were able to provide the cedar shakes in the quantities we required at an excellent price!"

Cedar Shake roofs can be seen all over the US and Canada and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. They are incredibly durable and are able to withstand extreme weather conditions. Cedar Shake roofs also provide excellent insulation and as a result, are increasingly being specified by architects for energy efficient buildings.

Certi-sawn No.2 Western Red Cedar Shakes are an economical option offering a great deal of versatility. While being graded as No.2, they contain a high proportion of high-quality shakes and are often specified and perfectly acceptable to use on residential properties unlike lower graded shingles.

Taper sawn shakes have the appearance of a smooth-faced shingle, but the extra thickness of a shake. As their name suggests they are produced by sawing both faces to achieve a taper.

Mr & Mrs Bunting expects to enjoy seeing the roof transform into a silvery grey colour as it weathers.

"We are looking forward for the cedar shakes to finally achieve the weathered look that will match the many reclaimed materials we have used.

Everyone who has seen Teasel’s Wood Cabin in the flesh has been blown away by it. The smell of the wood inside and out takes us back to the log cabins in America that we have stayed in."