Hurdles: On Building Split-Rail Fences and Portable Fences

An expert on vintage (i.e.: pre-power tool) hand crafting techniques describes the process of building split-rail fences and "hurdles" or portable fences.

split-rail fences, portable fences - splitting a log
The process of splitting a log into rails with a mallet and wedges was the starting point for building split-rail fences. Portable fences, or hurdles, start with other materials.
Photo by Roy Underhill