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.
A completed double-post pole fence looks something like this.
PHOTO: BECKY JOHNSON
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.
Pegs—aside from from adding an old-time look to your enclosure—will help to keep the crosspieces in place.
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.
A slide bolt will hold the gate closed and add a nice finishing touch to your totally natural fence.
The author demonstrates the proper technique for attaching the trimmed ends of horizontal poles to a pre-drilled single gatepost.