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Project by rivergirl posted 680 days ago 1824 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a few pics of a very very rustic colonial type wattle fence that I built in my front yard. The plant is a butterfly bush. I have to build another one on the other side of the yard. (The little bench I built for my daycare 20 years ago- I will need to make a nice rustic log/slab one sometime this summer.)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."





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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 680 days ago

That’s neat. Looks like a great place to relax.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 680 days ago

Very NICE!

C O O L !!

My first thought was that was a river behind the fence… then, I thought… NO… a road.
... is it a road or a river? LOL

Nice work!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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will delaney

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#3 posted 680 days ago

I love the way these fences look. You have inspired me to give it a try. Thanks for the post.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 680 days ago

That’s very nice, Kelly. I suspect that took quite a while just to gather all the material not to mention weaving it altogether. I don’t for the life of me see how you do all that weaving of the fence together and still make it look that good. If you study on it it looks like every piece was pretty much meant to be exactly where you put it. I know, though, you’ve just naturally got a talent for that sort of thing. That bench looks very good with it too. You take care, gal.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 680 days ago

Yes, Charles, that’s the hard part. Cutting all the saplings. This small section is 16 feet total and it took almost 200 saplings. Will, it is super easy to build- perfection is not even a thought for this type of fence. You just need a lot of saplings. I would say, set your poles first- then cut the saplings and weave them in immediately after cutting. That way they stay supple enough to bend, and you don’t have to do it all at once. Imagine how many saplings the colonists had to cut!!!! They sure did work hard to build this country.

Also a little trick- plant your pole logs upside down and they will last much longer because they can’t draw water.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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~Julie~

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#6 posted 680 days ago

I saw one of that type of fence many years ago in an old book and thought that I should try it. I never did, but you sure did a good job of yours!

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 680 days ago

Well, now, Kelly, I’ll take your word for it but somehow I just don’t think my fence would come out that good. As a matter of fact somebody would probably come along and think mine was just a brush pile that I through out by the corner of the yard. They’d just haul it on off and take it all home and build a proper fence like you have done.

helluvawreck
https://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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patron

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#8 posted 680 days ago

nice kelly

that should keep some cars from parking
on the lawn (i do remember)

looks real good
bench is sweet too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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rivergirl

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#9 posted 680 days ago

Yes David, that was the purpose. I grew weary of replanting the grass every spring and dealing with all the big mud tracks and puddles. The bench I am sure you will remember from the front porch LOL . I broke down and bought 4 crappy chairs from Big Lots- ones for big people. hehe.. One day I will build myself some decent porch furniture. OH- and the little table that was there has been replaced with a big round spool. I drug the spool onto the porch and then I remembered I had a nice big round piece of marble in the garage- and the dimensions looked about right to me. So I found the marble- it had been in the garage for nearly 20 years and plopped it down on the spool and IT IS AN EXACT FIT. I am not kidding. It fits so well it looks like I had it cut for the spool. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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SCOTSMAN

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#10 posted 680 days ago

Nice work River Girl as usual .Both cheap and chearful .and it works great too.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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rivergirl

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#11 posted 680 days ago

Free is good!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Sodabowski

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#12 posted 680 days ago

Cue a few goats and you have a nice rustic ranch :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 680 days ago

Kelly great to see you back with the wood.

A great place for nature to rest. The birds

will love it.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Roger

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#14 posted 679 days ago

Gr8 place to just sit n listen to the sight, and sounds of Mother Nature. Oh yea!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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spunwood

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#15 posted 679 days ago

ooo, I like it…looks straight out of little house!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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