So we’ve made a cleft chestnut rustic garden gate for a fencing contractor. It’s been a while and is good to get back into the swing again.
I started yesterday with a log of chestnut that we’d harvested from our coppice in the heart of Dorset. This I cleaved (split down the grain) for the stiles and rails. The rails are morticed into the stiles and fixed with cleft oak pegs. The diagonal brace was cleft from a bent log so it can bend round the rails and blind-morticed into the stiles for extra strength.
Sweet Chestnut is an incredibly resilient hardwood and this gate should last for many, many years with little or no maintenance.
Artisan Gardening will make your garden gates to order to suit your requirements. The gates are made from Sweet Chesnut that is cleft to size using traditional tools and methods. The gates are made using no metal fixings save the occasional brass screw.