The almost lost art of hand-splitting cedar shakes will be on display at the Wagon Shop in Steilacoom Sunday, July 27 and at other occasions through October.
Jack and Buzz Brake, members of the Steilacoom Historical Museum Association and experienced shake splitters, will demonstrate shake splitting and give interested individuals an opportunity to try the chore themselves.
The resulting shakes will be utilized later in the year to reroof the Wagon Shop at the museum, according to Brake.
Splitting froes that belonged to pioneer Steilacoom resident Nathaniel Orr will be used during this unique and educationally-focused event, Brake explained. The public, including youth organizations, is invited to participate by swinging the maet used to set the froes into the cedar.
In addition to the July 27 event, Brake said demonstrations will also take place during the annual Steilacoom apple squeeze on Oct. 5 and periodically on weekends through october.
This once – in – a – lifetime experience will help the museum get a new wood shake roof and interested parties will witness actual hand splitting of the cedar bolts. For additional information, contact the museum at 253-584-4133 or by email: email@example.com