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Monday, March 26, 2012

Update on Split Rail Fence

After my better half got home and after a little debating, we decided the spilt rail fence just didn't look quite right around the garden. It just didn't fit the look I was going for. I think making it into a round-ish shape threw it out of proportion and that Civil War era look, so, after taking it all down we decided we'd try it at the front of our drive and that came closer to the overall look we liked. I still need to split out another log or two to have the fence on the other side of the drive and a little more going down the front of our yard. With that said here is how it looks with just one side up. This is one whole log. It seems kinda bare when you think that's an entire log and it only made 4 high and 6 sections. I guess the logs that were used in the 1860's were either huge, or they just split a ton of em. What do you think?


  1. That's kinda a low fence are you trying to keep leprechauns and yard gnomes out? :) Its still impressive considering it's from one log. It must have took a lot of trees to fence in a large pasture. I guess having a bunch of kids back then was pretty important on the farm. I can't imagine getting my boys to separate from the computer long enough to split one log let alone a whole fence row. I'd have a hard time just getting them to bring me out the tools to split the logs. Of course my dad would have the same to say about me :)

    1. Ha Ha! Yeah I have those peskie yard gnomes and they keep stealing my all my flowers!
      It is kinda short. I'd like another layer or two but at the same time it's really just there for the look not actually to be used to keep anything in, except my flowers!!!

  2. The split rail fence on the 15th hole was reworked to those built by settlers in the Smoky Mountain. The purpose of the fence is to direct traffic to the gravel road. Before this fence was installed, many folks would cross the grass, creating wear fencing