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Split pale garden fence is produced using the age old technique of splitting rather than sawing the wood. It derives from the green wood industry of Europe which declined after the Second World War with the introduction of better mechanised sawing systems and the invention of plastic.
In the early 20th century the greenwood industry was still the source of a large variety of products from kitchen utensils and basketry to laths for building and thatching as well as fencing and green wood furniture to name a few.
Some of these products have made a resurgence in recent years with fencing in particular being once again produced by the tens of kilometres.
Split or cleft timber is stronger than sawn timber because the natural grain of the timber is not compromised by the sawing process. Sawing wood inevitably cuts across the grain, weakening the timber and exposing the end grain to moisture and fungal attach.
A piece of split timber will be stronger and will last longer than the same section in sawn timber
The predominant species used for the production of fence products in Europe and America is Sweet Chestnut. It is grown in special plantations called coppice plantations which produce multiple small diameter logs on the one stump. Sweet Chestnut is a very durable timber and the plantations are harvested on a 12 to 16 year rotation. The actual stump is never removed and a fresh crop of shoots emerges after each harvesting.
After many hours of research and trial and error at Wattle&Wire we have identified a number of Australian tree species which perform as well as Sweet Chestnut and we have plans to further develop their attributes in a plantation system comparable to the European Chestnut Coppice industry.
In the meantime we harvest our trees from private farms and plantations where wattle in particular is often regarded as a weed.
Split pale fencing is fabricated in a number of standard sizes and pale spacings but we can produce fences to meet pretty much any requirement.
All our garden fences are unique. They are handmade and no two fences will ever be identical, offering you a long lasting and beautiful addition to your garden.
We recommend the installation of a plinth board when installing split pale fence.
Please contact us if you have a special request.