This newsletter features Jack Abeel of Jack Abeel Custom Millwork. The company specializes in millwork for historic buildings. Jack has more than 30 years of experience, and Colonial Williamsburg is one of his clients. The Cloverfields Preservation Foundation hired him to create the shingles for the roof of the house.
In the video, Jack Abeel explains how he transforms trees into shingles. He first finds the appropriate trees. In this case, he found the trees in New Jersey. Jack points to some logs and tell us where they came from: “These are some Atlantic white cedar logs. They came from New Jersey, the pad, barons, and bogs south on the eastern parts of New Jersey.” The logs traveled from New Jersey to Virginia, where Jack unloaded them. When we interviewed him, he had just received the logs. “I just got them on Sunday, unloaded them in the rain and snow.”Read More