Our history

In 1979, H. Lee Forbes founded H.L. Forbes, Inc., specializing in the restoration of Asheville’s historic homes. At that time, the olde world slate mechanics were beginning to retire. Mr. Forbes worked with these master craftsmen as a student to hone his skills and learn trade secrets which had been passed down for centuries. H. L. Forbes , Inc. quickly grew to be Asheville’s premier restorer and installer of historic slate and tile. In high demand, the company expanded into new installation and custom copper work.

In 1999, Paul Wiederhold joined the company and apprenticed under Mr. Forbes. Within a few years, Mr. Wiederhold assumed the role of Vice President of the corporation. In 2006, Mr. Wiederhold bought the assets of H.L. Forbes, Inc as Mr. Forbes relocated to West Virginia. With new leadership, the company was renamed Olde World Masters, Inc. and continued in the tradition of fine workmanship for which H.L. Forbes was known. Olde World Masters is a firm specializing in old world craftsmanship, but managed with a new world modern approach. Old fashioned values; honesty, integrity, and quality customer service blend with the latest in technology.

How we work

Olde World Masters, Inc. is a company founded on old fashioned values. We believe in performing exceptional work in a professional manner. As generations of craftsmen before, the master craftsmen at Olde World Masters custom fabricate most roofing details on site. Attention to detail is critical to the high quality fit and finish which we believe every one of our projects deserves. At Olde World Masters, “good enough” is NEVER good enough. If we cannot perform the job in an exceptional manner, we will not accept the contract. Olde World Masters craftsmen use the finest materials available and install those materials the “right way”, not the “easiest” way.

Many of our roofing products are “lifetime” roofs. Slate, organic tile, and copper roofs are installed with lifetime warranties. After almost 30 years of business, we stand behind all of our work.

Our team

Paul Wiederhold

Paul Wiederhold

Paul Wiederhold, Owner

Paul is a Michigan native who relocated to North Carolina ten years ago. He joined the company, then H.L. Forbes, in 1999 as an apprentice. After studying the crafts of coppersmithing and slate and tile installation, Paul was hooked. He continues to hone his craft and train on the latest techniques and installation systems. Mr. Wiederhold is a student of eco-building and resource management. He is an avid fisherman and kayaker in his free time.

Corlis Burchell, Superintendent

Mr. Burchell is a veteran roofer with 30 +years of experience. He began his career in New York State and then relocated to Asheville in 1995, joining the company (then H.L. Forbes). After a brief time pursuing other interests, he rejoined H.L. Forbes in 2002 and assumed the role of Superintendent in 2005. Mr. Burchell is a father of five children and one grandson. While his family keeps him quite busy, Mr. Burchell enjoys riding his motorcycle whenever he can.

Melvin Aguilera, Crew Chief

Melvin is a native of Honduras and has been with the company since 2001. Melvin is a dedicated young craftsman who has learned the slate craft very quickly and is eager to learn and grow in the trade.

CONTACT : 9 Reed Street, Suite C, Asheville, NC 28803   |  TELEPHONE : 828-277-6141  |  EMAIL : oldeworldmasters@bellsouth.net

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