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Wife wants "fishscale/half-round/scalloped" shakes installed on the gables.

1) What's the difference between a cedar Shake and a Shingle?
2) Is it practical to get hold of pre-primed wood shingles and round them myself?
 

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A shake is much thicker (Up to 9/16") and gives a rough uneven look to a roof.
Cedar shingles are all made about 5/16" thick and will give a roof a smooth finished look.
The scalloped shingles you site above are shingles, not shakes.
 

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You might be able to find "shake blocks." Then with a froe and mallet, split those into shakes. Then with a traced pattern, run each of them through a band saw for the fish scale profile. Ought to look really nice.
Thinking of splitting the 24" western red cedar shake blocks that I buy from a mill. I'd have a very hard time to get a bunch of shakes the same width out of each block.
 

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Our house has a gable with varied shingle edge profiles. I cut them out of White Oak to match the rest of the siding. We're in the middle of a project making and putting on Cypress shingles on an 1850 house roof. The originals lasted 131 years before someone put tin over them. We're resawing the shingles on a 24" bandsaw.
 
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