With basic carpentry tools—and sometimes even wood from your own woodlot—you can make a double-post pole fence that is both decorative and functional.
When you reach a 90° corner, dig post holes at a 45° angle and leave an eight-inch space between the posts to accommodate horizontal poles coming from two different directions. "Cap" the posts to keep them from spreading apart.
Two rows of posts are set, each pair in a single three-foot-deep hole. Temporary barbed wire is in place to keep the livestock at home while the final fence construction is in progress.
A completed double-post pole fence looks something like this.
PHOTO: BECKY JOHNSON
Pegs—aside from from adding an old-time look to your enclosure—will help to keep the crosspieces in place.
A slide bolt will hold the gate closed and add a nice finishing touch to your totally natural fence.
The gate swings on a special "hinge post," which is pointed like a pencil at both ends, and fits—at its base— into a dimple in a short stump buried in the ground adjacent to the last fencepost.
The author demonstrates the proper technique for attaching the trimmed ends of horizontal poles to a pre-drilled single gatepost.