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No previous experience necessary. This is a practical course using hand tools.

Course outline

  • Introduction. Use of shingles – historical/traditional and current.
  • Selecting suitable wood – size, quality, species.
  • Selecting and using tools – axe, froe, drawknife, cleaving brake.
  • Demonstration and practical exercises in cleaving and shaping shingles from oak.
  • Laying out, hanging and fixing shingles to a roof structure – demonstration and practical exercise.
  • Suggested reading/ further information; sourcing wood and tools.

Course reference: FOP042

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Dates & Location:

Date: TBC

Time: 09:30- 16.30

Location: Flimwell Campus




We’re pretty proud of our facilities here at Plumpton. In fact in the land-based sector, we’ve got some of the leading college facilities in the UK – the perfect natural location for our forestry and arboriculture courses for you to develop your skills.

  • Discover the latest equipment for your course

You’ll work on various equipment such as tractors, a WoodMizer saw mill plus a range of wood chippers.

  • Extensive grounds for you to develop your skills

You’ll need to be able to work in a variety of locations, build your knowledge by discovering our farmed land, hedgerows and streams.

  • Experience our fantastic modern facilities

Our superb site at Flimwell features our working commercial woodland plus modern workshop – an ideal base for your studies 

  • Benefit from our excellent local connections

You’ll be able to gain practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector thanks to our links with local land owners and estates.

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