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Yet another shot from BC's Heritage Town of Fort Steele.

I don't have any interest in fences- I swear to god! But in an effort to make an interesting note, for your reading pleasure- I've Wikipedia'd it!

So hear it is...
"A split-rail fence or log fence is a type of fence constructed out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into "rails" and typically used for agricultural or decorative fencing. Such fences require much more timber than other types of fences, and so are not common in areas where wood is scarce or expensive. However, they are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools even on hard or rocky ground. They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware; such hardware was often scarce in frontier locations. They can even be partially or wholly disassembled if the fence needs moved or the wood becomes more useful for other purposes.

Split rail fences were made of easy to split, rot resistant wood. Traditionally American chestnut was the tree of choice until wire fencing became cheaper and the chestnut blight eliminated this tree. Currently, most split rails are made from cedar logs. Whether of chestnut or cedar, these logs were cut to a length of 10 to 12 feet and split down the length of the log. Each half was then split into quarters, then eighths and so on until the rails were of a usable size. Depending on the diameter of the log, you could get 4 rails from an 8 inch log to over a dozen from larger logs. The pieces, called "rails," were stacked on top of one another. Most split rail fences had the rails stacked in an interlocking zig-zag fashion that is self-supporting, easy to create, easy to repair, and easy to dissasemble."

So- if you're still awake after reading that... I just hope you like the shot.

For more images from my recent trip back to Canada, they're available on my travelogue.

Cheers!
- Dan

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