Our English Oak shakes or hand split shingles are of the highest quality in the country. Manufactured in our yard from large diameter Oak enabling us to achieve very good widths. They are traditionally split down the grain this gives our shakes a lifespan of 80-100 years without treatment. Traditionally used on church steeples they are now being commonly used on new builds. Sawn Oak shingles should not be used as the machining process destroys their lifespan. Please look at an example by searching for the Brockholes visitor Centre in Preston.