Our fencing and gates are hand cleft in the traditional way. Rails are tenoned to fit in the single post mortices. Our oak is sourced from sustainable woodlands in the south of England.
Our fencing comes as either Rustic or Heartwood. Rustic has not been stripped of bark and sapwood. It has a chunkier feel and is generally larger in profile. Rustic posts have the sapwood removed from the portion that will be below ground. The bark may have come off during the harvesting/manufacturing processes and if still on will probably come off over time anyway leaving the smooth sapwood surface.
Heartwood has all the bark and sapwood cleaved/axed off.
Our posts are generally quarter trees. They are split with wedges then squared up with froes and side axes. Heartwood posts average about 5” X 6” with Rustic being a little larger although there is a great deal of variation depending on the size and shape of the tree. 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.
To give an idea of scale the Rustic three rail posts on a recent job averaged 39KG each.
Our rails are generally eighths of trees. They vary in size but Heartwood would typically be 4” X 4” X 3” and Rustic 5” X 5” X 4”. Tenons are in Heartwood. Ten foot Rustic rails on a recent job averaged 20KG each.
Palings are cleft radially from larger pieces of oak. They are typically tapered from approx. 1”, with Heartwood approx.. 4” wide and Rustic 5”.