The Making of a Rustic Fence Line

Rustic Fencing Begins

One project leads to another and the making of a rustic fence line has become real.  Robert has been digging holes, inserting posts, stretching wire, and clearing.  So, what have I been doing?  I’m over at property one cleaning up so we can do the same thing over there.

We’re going for a rustic appearance because it works great and accents the natural environment perfectly.

Digging and installing the Fence Posts

Property One Fence Line

Months ago, when we started clearing we saved many tree posts for this project. Robert cut them to size so they can go at least 3 ft. underground and later the excess will be cut so each row is completely even.  He does this with a chain saw in a matter of minutes, like zip, zip!

The front-line posts are almost all installed and the next step will be to fit the corners and add welded wire.

If the desire for a rustic fence line is in your future but these types of posts are not available then I would check craigslist or use landscaping timbers as a good second choice.   Additional ideas can be found here.

Fence Post Digging Equipment

Digging Tools for post holes

We have a gas operated auger but Robert said with this clay it’s just faster for him to dig holes by hand.  He’s using a shovel and post hole digger, but here’s the kicker… He already broke the handle on this digger and replaced it with a piece of bois d arc.

It might be a good idea for us to come up with our very own outside tool line, one that can handle our work load because so far that’s been difficult finding sturdy tools.

Some folks dig post holes with a tractor auger and maybe in the future that will be an option for us.

 

FInishing off Corners before Wire is added

Corner Braces

Corner braces are very important because they support the strength of the fence wall.  This is an area where the options multiply from steel poles to railroad ties.  We decided to use large width trees and carve in connections that are wired together before the welded wire is added.

This is Robert’s area of expertise and so far, everything is secured with extra strength.

Connecting a Rustic Fence line

Attaching Wire

He’s also built new gates in addition to adding wire to the front of our fence line.  Attaching the wire is a matter of stretching and securing with nail staples and additional heavy-duty gauge wire if necessary.

There is nothing worse than a saggy fence line so make sure it’s tight before securing to the posts.

More Clearing for Fencing

The clearing seems to never end and right before the weekend Robert cleaned about 100 ft. from the back line.  He’s got another 100 ft. to go before we can dig and place more posts.  Eventually this one acre will be completely fenced in and Dixie will be safe from roaming.  Oh, does she love to roam and chase drive by cars, tractors and mules.

We’re working hard and making a lot of progress.  I see lots of fencing in our future. This rustic fence line will be a sweet addition and a great way to define each property and keep predators at a distance.

6 comments

  1. daisy says:

    Good, honest, hard work. There’s nothing like it. What a great feeling of satisfaction you must feel at the end of the day.

    1. Carole says:

      Robert is the one doing more of this project it seems, I’m cleaning up and picking up sticks today. Seems to never end but it’s also nice to see things shaping up. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Patti says:

    Fascinating and impressive. I would have no idea. Can’t wait to see what you both are doing next.

    1. Carole says:

      Let me tell you it’s a process… We got two fence walls up so far and we ran into a piece of buried tractor equipment that we have to dig out to finish another side. Then we move the shed and close it off. So Exciting! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving friend.

  3. Charlene Dryman says:

    Happy Thanksgiving. Looks like your homestead is coming along. I love that fence work.

    1. Carole says:

      Happy Thanksgiving to you Charlene, We’ve been busy this week and almost have that fence completed. Today we chill and then we’re back at it tomorrow.

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