We’ve finally started roofing the garages – over a year after we started.  Initially we had planned on doing slate.  That is until I started getting quotes.  Because of the steep sections of the roof in the Queen Anne house, and that there are over 50 separate sections of roof on the house alone, the quotes ranged from ridiculous to astronomical.

Enter Vasse Vaught.  Recommended by architect Paul Sullivan at Streamline TimberFrame, Vasse is a local guy who trained and apprenticed in Switzerland in copper-roofing craftsmanship.  Slate can last 150 years or more, but so can copper.  In Europe they take this kinda stuff very seriously – you have to go to school and apprentice for many years. Vasse and I met several times, I spent countless hours on the internet researching,  Vasse made an offer that was fair, and we shook hands.

Vasse on Garage

Vasse on Garage

Vasse is a local craftsman, with a local business, who needed work – just my kinda guy.  He does consulting gigs all over the world, and I told him he could leave when he needed to, so this was his kinda project.  But he told me not to post his web-site – he figures this house is going to keep him busy for the next year or so.  He buys copper in thousand pound rolls, and every single piece of roof is hand-formed and soldered.  In the picture above, he’s soldering one of the seven pieces of flashing to trim in just this one piece of cornice-work.  Old-world craftsmanship.  Worth doing.  Worth supporting.