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Our rustic split rails separate wild and tame in this historical park

Our rustic split rails separate wild and tame in this historical park

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Who isn’t compelled to pull over and snap a photo of an idyllic pastoral farm scene outlined by an ancient rustic fence? The knowing of the labor and time that it took to construct compels us to reflect on a simpler and pure existence that modern life so often seems to have forgotten. So much so that the authentic art of split rail fencing came close to vanishing into antiquity. Well, not with us. A number of men at Bark House experienced trying to impress our Grandfathers with our strength and prowess with a splitting maul. With those memories still burning, we were fueled by customer requests to offer our skill and labor again.

At Bark House, we only produce authentic split rails and posts. The traditional early method of splitting was accomplished with a mallet and locust wedges. American Chestnut was predominantly used due to its rot resistance and wide availability. By the mid 1900’s, the Chestnuts were gone and Black Locust firmly took its place. Steel sledgehammers and wedges replaced their wooden counterparts, but the back-breaking work and sweat was not greatly reduced. We now utilize a massive hydraulic ram to split logs into individual rails but they are still splinter-trimmed by hand with axes. The spirit is still properly represented as there is no way to tell the difference between our production split rails and ones split the old way.

We have researched and compiled numerous construction methods employed throughout different times and regions. However, we do not offer the cheap modern “Box Store” alternatives.  We are more than happy to share these traditional designs and techniques as well as providing you with an authentic quality driven fence material that will last for generations.


  • Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) In Stock
  • Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) Special Order

Standard Lengths:

  • Rails- 10’ and 11’
  • Fence Posts- 7”
  • Vineyard Posts- 8’
  • Average Rail Circumference - 12″
  • Average Post Circumference - 15″
  • Average Rail Weight - 55 lbs.
  • Average Post Weight – 50 lbs.
Normally triangular in shape, but other configurations will occur. You may also use our new pin system for mounting our split rails between full round posts for a different look or if space and installation time take precedent over traditional authenticity.
Multiple historical construction techniques with photos Detailed instructions for “rail to post” pin system