Cleft Oak Gates

Traditional hand made gates

Customers in Kent have been updating their grounds over the past ten years or so and we have just completed these gates to go with a new run of fencing.

Medieval Fencing?

Here’s some fencing we put up three years ago in a local village. It’s basically cleft oak post and rail with oak weave around oak staves. There are no nails or other fixings. When nails were expensive and hard to come by this would have been a logical but labour intensive solution. Before pulped board and plastics weave was one of the few ways to fill a large gap (as with wattle and daub).

Cleft Oak Henge

Stowe Paling heartwoodTraditional oak Stowe Paling

A client in a local village wanted to replace a tired sawn softwood fence. The brief was primarily aesthetic but also something that would chime with the thatched cottage (a former village pub) and would be more durable than its disappointing predecessor. Cleft oak Stowe Paling with a cleft oak Henge and gate were the answer.

Cleft Oak Deer Fence

Charlecote Paling fence

Cleft Oak Deer fence Faccombe

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An interesting day at the Faccombe Estate in Hampshire looking around their beautiful acres of woodland for oak suitable for cleaving into fencing materials. Whilst there we took some photos of our Charlecote Paling expertly installed by contractors Starveacre Fencing. The Paling borders the deer park, in front of the pub, The Jack Russell, which is being refurbished (and will be heated by a wood boiler with estate supplied wood fuel).

Varieties of Cleft Oak Post and Rail

Cleft oak post and rail

Three rail Post and Rail with chicken wire

Cleft oak post and rail

Cleft Oak Post and Rail (Heartwood)

Cleft oak post and rail

Two Rail Cleft Oak Post and Rail (Heartwood)

Single Rail Post and Rail (Heartwood)

Cleft oak post and rail

Cleft Oak Post and Rail (Rustic two rail) at Stowe

Just a few photos to demonstrate the variety of post and rail and various uses, from the smallholding to the park via roadside and garden.

Ten Years On..

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“Just thought you might like to see some pictures 10 years on, then and now.

We remain delighted with the fencing.”

New Website

Thanks for coming here to take a look. We had great fun making the videos. The external scenes were shot at NT Stowe, in the Claydon Estate woodlands, and at our workshop near Swanbourne. I was surprised at the perfectionism of the crew. In the age of the “selfie” and the omnipresent camera phone it was great to see the awesome equipment and the time taken to get things just right.

The drone flying at Stowe was also very impressive; such control and stability. The guy flying it is a helicopter pilot so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at his professionalism. I think my favourite shot is the ring of post and rail around the Holm oaks from above.

A big thanks to Movies Darling for producing the videos. The editing was a work of art. They also composed the music.

Winter 2016/17

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We have continued working at Stowe plus various jobs including exports to Germany and Holland. Below are some pictures of repairs to the perimeter fence at Charlecote Park after a car ran through it.

Spring 2016

We are currently installing Stowe Paling at Stowe for the National Trust in Hawkwell Mead, the section of garden from the Palladian Bridge and towards Friendship. The Mead will be grazed by sheep and will echo Hawkwell Field on the other side of the lake.