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PostsOur posts are quarter trees. They are split, then squared up with froes and side axes. They average about 6" by 4" although there is a great deal of variation depending on the size and shape of the tree and whether the bark and sapwood have been removed or not. In some circumstances, where we have some very large trees, the posts may be eighths. We try and keep as much character, knots and twists, in place as possible, always bearing in mind that they have to do their job! As they are split they are stronger than sawn posts. They are morticed with one large mortice to take both rails overlapping. Rails Our rails are generally eighths of trees. They vary in size but would typically be 4" X 4" X 3". They are strong enough to hold back livestock.
PalingsPalings are cleft radially from larger pieces of oak. They are typically tapered from approx 1" and are about 4" wide. Bark On/Off Bark on leaves a chunkier feel to the fencing and a more rustic look. Bark on posts have sapwood removed below ground level. The sapwood above ground will generally age much like the heartwood (it is effectively air dried). The bark may come off in time leaving the smooth sapwood surface.
Bark off fencing has a finer feel and is possibly better suited to more refined landscapes, both large scale and domestic. It also sits better with new builds.Cleft Post and Rail fencing. Please click on the image to see further details and options. Stowe Paling. Please click on the image to see further details and options. Stowe Paling (5' high)
Charlecote Paling. Please click on the image to see further details and options. Chicken Fence (2m high)
Cleft Oak Paling. Please click on the image to see further details and options. Close Paling 6' high Please click on the image to see further details and options.
Cleft Oak and Sweet Chestnut Bollards Please click on the image to see further details and options.
Oak Kissing Gate
Cleft Oak Henge