Cutting Fence Posts

We finally had a free Saturday which took us on a journey to the new property.  Our morning was off to a slow start because we had to purchase a new chainsaw.  

We arrived around brunch and drove right near the wooded area to park in the shade. It was the first time we took the 4 runner in which made things feel pretty real.

Last month we investigated this wooded area which led us to believe we could cut most of our fence posts right off the land.

Where to begin was difficult because the whole space is a mess.

Robert walked off an acre from the entrance and started clearing a path. Once that was done he began cutting down trees, known as post oak.

Some of these trees were 24 plus feet which allowed for 2 or 3 posts per.  That new chainsaw worked like a champ and we were able to make some awesome progress.

For land prep we’re using available resources first as we want this place to be an example of a natural country homestead, not something that looked like we walked out of Tractor Supply.

I love that store but we want this place to look natural.

Robert cut down each tree then used a smaller branch for a measuring stick.

He stayed busy cutting down trees while I hauled off most of the tree branches and used our machete to continue clearing paths.  It was Awesome!!

We haven’t worked this physical in a few years and it felt great.

When we spotted this monster tree we both looked at each other and said, “We can burn this out.”  Moss was growing on some of the limbs which looked really neat but not something I want to keep around.  It looks like a snake magnet.

Not far behind this area we also discovered a dry creek bed.  I’m thinking at some point we can build a bridge.

After a couple hours we made some serious progress with 20 plus posts cut and a huge pile of brush; it was a good time for a lunch break.

Now that we have a small clearing it will make our next work outing go faster.

Just to give you an idea all that brush to the left came from the trees and our posts are in the middle. We ended up with 40 fantastic fence posts.

This is post oak; Robert cut them at 8 ft so they can go 2 or 3 ft. underground when the time comes. Some were pretty wide and those will be used for the corners and the smaller ones for the outside fencing.

This is a pretty thick area and it’s very possible it could provide the majority of our fence posts and perhaps a lot of additional firewood later on.

It’s pretty exciting to use available resources and improve the land at the same time.

This is the beginning stages of a Tiny House Community and it started with clearing and cutting fencing posts.  Next time we’ll continue cutting posts,  burn and clean up the land entrance.  Looks like we have our work cut out for us.


  1. Jane Peet says:

    you make a good team! I’m so excited to follow your journey…it’s going to be awesome. I can just see those tiny houses!

    1. Agree!! It was so much fun to just get away and work with a purpose. Loved it!!

  2. Cecilia Bramhall says:

    How exciting to finally get started! It’s awesome you can use what’s on hand too. I’m looking forward to following along as you whip this new land into shape. :o) Can’t wait to see the tiny houses!

    1. It was exciting and so nice to just be out there away from everything. I think I could honestly live a phone/ wi fi free lifestyle with no problem. We always focus on usable resources first and since we have to clear this space it just made sense.

  3. Joyce Olson says:

    What a thrilling day this was for you, I just imagine the reality of your new lifestyle and adventure really sank in. It gives me goosebumps with joy to see you living out your dream and doing it with guts and grit.
    Your are amazing, my friend!

    1. Hello Friend – or should I say big sis?
      Well I have to say that day was amazing – driving beyond the entrance was the best feeling. Cleaning that entrance up so we can get some gravel hauled in at some point, what a mess!! Funny so many things we forgot to bring with us so I’ve been putting together a work box with plans to leave in the car. Ha one really important thing – toilet paper and I may just build an outhouse in the mean time. I know to much information…..

  4. This is very cool! I am very interested in how you’re planning to install the posts. We need to get fencing up and we don’t have a post driver, so I’m really not sure the best way to do it.

    1. We have an gas hand operated auger. They’re not that expensive I think ours was around $300 a couple years ago. If you’re using T-posts you can just get a driver and those are super cheap $30. The only other option is to dig two feet down if you’re using wooden posts with a shovel and then there is also the hand post hole digger to help release the dirt as you go deeper. I’ll actually be doing a post later once we start fencing on the How to – Setting up this land posts will all be under the Tiny Home Category… Here’s is the kicker – if you’re raising cows go 6 ft between posts everything else I would go 7 ft. Standard is 8 ft and originally that’s what we did at our first farm. BIG MISTAKE – gives more wiggle room for animals to mess with the fence which mean more labor for repairs later. Hope that helps.

    2. Here is a post I did on fencing in the Homestead Series – you may find it helpful for planning purposes.

  5. Patti says:

    Wow, this post was so interesting. You’ve got me excited for you just reading it. How nice be able to be so self sufficient. I’m looking forward to reading more about your new venture.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Patti – I’m excited about this entire thing and sharing it’s going to be even better. We almost finished our last house project this weekend. So it looks like our current farm will be up for sale in November. Thanks for your encouragement..

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