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Honoring History – Authentic Black Locust Split Rail Fencing

Who isn’t compelled to pull over and snap a photo of an idyllic pastoral farm scene or national battlefield 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 and Black Locust were predominantly used due to their 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. Authenticity 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.

Split Rail Fence Post and Rail Details

Species:  Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Standard Lengths:

  • Rails- 10’ and 11’
  • Fence Posts- 7’
  • Vineyard Posts- 8’

Government –

  • Minimum Rail Circumference – 12″
  • Minimum Post Circumference – 15″
  • Average Rail Weight – 60 lbs.
  • Average Post Weight – 45 lbs.

Standard –

  • Minimum Rail Circumference – 8″
  • Minimum Post Circumference – 12″
  • Average Rail Weight – 40 lbs.
  • Average Post Weight – 30 lbs.

Normally triangular in shape, but other configurations will occur.

Traditional Split Rail Fence Techniques

Multiple traditional construction techniques with photos


*Coming soon*


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