Split larch-wood shingles have been the traditional house roofing in Upper Valais for centuries. It is not uncommon to find barns and granaries on which larch wood shingles have provided a watertight roof for 60 years or more. The strong UV radiation in the mountains and the weather causes the initially reddish roofs to develop a grey patina.
The larch-wood shingles from Aletsch Forest are still split by hand. As you look over the shoulder of the professionals, you can also learn a lot of interesting facts about this craft. At the end, you are given a shingle to take home as a souvenir. It can be used as a serving tray, a key rack or for any number of purposes.
Dates: always on a Thursday from 17 January until 28 February 2022
Meeting point: 10:00 h in the craftsmen’s yard of Aletsch Forest in Fieschertal
Guide: Joel Salzmann, Aletsch Forest
Minimum age: no age restriction
Registration: by 17:00 h two days before | firstname.lastname@example.org | +41 27 971 30 07