Rustic fences and gates
We build rustic fences using local materials and traditional methods with a touch of contemporary flare.
We generally use cleft chestnut for all structural timbers in our rustic fences. Chestnut is a great wood to use. In the main it is locally produced by small managed woodlands. It is harvested through coppicing (cutting to ground level to leave a stand to regrow) so it is truly a renewable resource. It has fantastic rot resistance and will outlast just about any treated timbers in the ground. And when cleft (split) it takes on some beautiful shapes and forms which we make best use of in the build.
There are a wide variety of materials to be used for the fabric of the fence such as cleft chestnut pales, woven hazel and willow.
The gates we make are all custom-made for the situation. Again using cleft chestnut. We can make anything from a small pedestrian gate through to 10ft driveway or field gates. With dowelled mortice and tenon joints and jointed braces, they will last and last. My favourite gates are asymmetric driveway gates. We also design and build more formal fences and gates...
Where-ever possible we avoid using cement based products when setting posts. Firstly because cement is incredibly harmful to the environment on so many levels. Also, a concrete boot acts like a bucket for the post to sit in leading to early rotting and post failure. So we either drive posts in or dig deeper and repack soil or pack post in with a local aggregate.
Pretty much all fence and gate joints are mortice and tenon with dowel. Not only do these lend strength to the structure, they look beautiful too!