Kissing gate or Sheep gate

  • Advertise with us
Project by Roz posted 01-31-2008 08:00 AM 3134 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

January 2007 my lovely wife announced she wanted a picket fence. I put my foot down stating no! “Wooden fences have to be painted and I know who would be doing the painting.” “NO, NO, NO!” So, I promptly set about building the fence. For fun, I included some features I remembered from my time living in Wales. British citizens have what is referred to as, “the right of trespass”. This means they can walk anywhere so long as they stay on established trails. (They are also very adept and placing a pub just at the point where you begin to get a little thirsty.) Landowners have come up with very ingenious ways to prevent the animals from leaving, while allowing for access by the public. This is one of those gates. I have just finished it and it is quite unusual for West Alabama. I built the fence of green, rough sown, Southern Red oak with a pressure treated frame, let it dry through the summer, and stained it white (as directed). I still have a Shepard’s gate and an arched trellis to build and the fence will be finished. As explained to me, the idea behind this gate design is when the sheep push up against the gate as they try to get out, they block thier own way. It is also used as a garden feature or entry gate in many areas I visited. I thought it was interesting so I built one. There is only one problem at this point. Gracie, “the world’s smatest dog”, as figured out that she can open it. So I guess I’ll have to reinstall the catch to hold it closed.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

5 comments so far

View MsDebbieP's profile


18618 posts in 4398 days

#1 posted 01-31-2008 01:13 PM

love the cultural/history lesson!! Fascinating.
I spoke with someone in Sweden once who couldn’t understand our “no trespassing” rules.

I’m glad to hear that you were firm with your “no”. Well done!

great fence!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

View Mario's profile


902 posts in 4289 days

#2 posted 01-31-2008 03:08 PM

Cool gate. Dogs are so smart. We have a lab that has not only learned to open the refridgirator but the meat drawer as well. She loves lunch meat and tortillas. We has to bungie ther thing closed when we leave her alone.

-- Hope Never fails

View Brian Wohn's profile

Brian Wohn

94 posts in 4301 days

#3 posted 01-31-2008 04:07 PM

Dude, awesome fence & gate! I’ve been planning a trip to Scotland/Ireland – good to know tips too! ;)

-- Brian, Pelham, AL

View CharlieM1958's profile


16281 posts in 4456 days

#4 posted 01-31-2008 04:35 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View NavyCop68's profile


38 posts in 3499 days

#5 posted 06-27-2009 05:45 AM

That was a nice addition! I miss my time over in England and being able to walk the trails (especially in the Cotswalds!)

Nice gate…. and trip down memory lane!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics