- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Alan C. Hood & Company, Inc.; Facsimile edition (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0911469087
- ISBN-13: 978-0911469080
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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Putting up fences becomes less difficult, if one understands the principles and procedures, as explained in this book, first published in 1887. The illustrations aid in comprehension. Included are primitive fences, stone and sod fences, board fences, picket fences, barbed wire fence and many other fence types and appurtenances.
"A practical manual of fencing for every home and farm purpose, with 295 illustrations! A facsimile reprint of an earlier masterwork on the subject, including wickets, gates, stiles, hedges, small bridges & culverts."
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It gives very extensive descriptions of various fencing needed depending on the type of animal(s) you're building them for. It does not get detailed in the best way to plan and design a fence based on your particular property, specific terrain and its obstacles, which is one element I'm very interested in.
I think the following excerpt exemplifies the content best: "Two men and a steady yoke of oxen can extract fence posts very quickly and easily by this method. A good steady team of horses will do quite as well as oxen." Also included are instructions on how to build your wooden maul for driving the fence posts into the ground, using the trunk of an elm tree (assuming everyone has one of these in their yard).
This book is great if you want ideas to build a rustic or rudimentary style fence, and if you want to make the best use of your axe, wooden mauls, and oxen. Not the best book for your average homeowner. I get the impression this was written by someone of elder age who has spent their lifetime building and learning all of these things by trial and error and by hand, to which I give this person the utmost respect. It's just not for more urban homeowners.