260 Year Old Roof in Barmouth
We are proud to post up pictures of a fine roof we’ve completed above Barmouth, North Wales. This is the culmination of 3 years of hard work for our company, beginning with a opportunity presented by Ned Scharer of the Natural Building Centre, Llanrwst, to train towards a NVQ level 3 in heritage roofing. A year of training from Richard Jordan and hands on experience on this beautiful roofing project made us aware that to create these roofs, you need a special type of skill set, an old way of thinking and working; the spark had been lit. To produce these roofs, we now work out of an old victorian slate work mill in Llechwedd in our home town of Blaenau Ffestiniog; the town that roofed the world.
To create the slates we need, we split and dressed reclaimed slate block (new blog to follow on this subject) with the expert guidance of old timers Phil and Rich, with block acquired from Northern Welsh Quarries. To turn big, heavy imposing block into clean slates is such a joyful process, but the best as in life is always to come. Luckily we were presented an opportunity to restore an old roof in Barmouth, a house with the oldest roof which had finally given up the ghost- it was time to make a roof of our dreams!