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Wattle is woven wood fencing. Hurdles are woven wattle fencing panels. Historically moveable hurdles were employed for pasture and livestock rotation. We have been wattle making (wattling) since Neolithic times. Waddling (by ducks and such) has been going on for even longer.

The upright stakes are sometimes called “sales” and the saplings called 'weavers'. Hazel, willow, sweet chestnut, plum, forsythia or any supple, long, straight, slender saplings make good weavers. Newly cut, green wood is best and easiest. Willow is an exception as it can be soaked to become more supple. Use thin, long branches -or- larger saplings that are cut down the center (cleft) as 'weavers'. (See video below on how to cleft a sapling.) The saplings you choose should be long enough to weave around at least three stakes (preferably more) for stability. The weavers are woven around the 'sales' like basketry. The simplest weave would be to weave each row of saplings alternating around the stakes, the next row is woven on the opposite side of the stake from the sapling below it. Each sapling row should be firmly pressed down.

Hard wood is a good choice for the sales. Beware if you use willow as stakes as your fence just might take root and come alive, it will turn out strong, but you would need to trim it each year. 

Wattle work is still a viable small industry in the UK, each company maintains a sustainable coppiced woodland to harvest weavers or withies. If you do not have access to woodland, you can order willow cuttings (withies) online.


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A charming loose weave wattle fence in Vermont.
By Katrinka, www.flickr.com


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Six foot high cleft (split) hazel fence with gate and archway leading through an existing hornbeam hedge. The gate is pine with hazel infill. The cut side of the hazel wood is facing the viewer. burwashwonderwood.com



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Wattle fence and gate integrated into a stone wall, Stara Planina, Bulgaria. nashdom-bg.com


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Wattle arch of hazel. Hazel is the most common wood used for wattling in Europe. naturalfencing.com

 

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Wattle fence and gate at an 18th century house in New Hampshire. Constructed using an old hand tree saw, bill hook and knives only--just as they would have been done hundreds of years ago. Many more photos: anhistoricallady.blogspot.com



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A continuous weave wattle fence with an oak framed gate that contains a hazel weave infill. The hazel rods have been split with the grain as opposed to sawn, thus retaining its inherent strength and therefore creating a denser fence. Video below on how to cleft a sapling. By Tim Radford. burwashwonderwood.com


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Rustic wattle fence by Dan Holmes, UK.
www.sussexgates.co.uk


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Stevens the Hurdle Maker. Located in rural Hampshire, UK. The cleft, or split side of the wood is facing us, bark side faces interior of yard. wattlehurdles.com


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According to Mick, "a well made hurdle should have uprights 9 inches apart. The top 6 - 8 inches should be made from whole rods of a small diameter, and the remainder, from split rods. It is very important that at least 3 rods per foot go round the end post and back into the hurdle. There should be no nails!" micksticks.co.uk


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Wattle fence with windows by Mick, UK. A fence built on site will last much longer than a premade hurdle. Unless the hurdles are movable and brought inside for the winter months. micksticks.co.uk


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Wattle fence around a camp. Perfect!
Photo by Lynn Spitz. flickr.com


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Wattle fence at Walnot's Farm, Sussex Weald, UK.
www.walnutsfarm.co.uk


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Wattle fence of hazel wood on Walnut's Farm, East Sussex, UK. walnutsfarm.co.uk


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Wattle hurdles on top of brick wall. Stevens The Hurdle Maker offers Wattle Hurdles, Continuous Weave, Stakes and Binders, River Faggots, Rose Arches, Pea Sticks, Spar Gads, Sweet Chestnut Posts and Rails and welcomes any special enquiry you may have. Hampshire, UK. wattlehurdles.com


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Hazel framed hazel hurdles by Natural Fencing, UK. 
6ft x 6ft, £68.00. naturalfencing.com


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Wattle fence at an 18th century house in New Hampshire. Constructed of saplings from property. Wattle fencing was very popular in the early days of colonial America. Many more photos: anhistoricallady.blogspot.com


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Wattle fence at an 18th century house in New Hampshire. Constructed using an old hand tree saw, bill hook and knives only. Many more photos: anhistoricallady.blogspot.com


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Wattle fence hurdles connected by 4x6 posts.
No source: media-cache-ak1.pinimg.com


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Continuous weave wattle fence (bark side facing us) by Green Man Woodcraft. greenmanwoodcrafts.co.uk


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Wattle fencing at the Weald and Downland Museum, West Dean, UK. wealddown.co.uk Image: theoldwashhouse.info


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A short continuous weave wattle fence containing medieval style windows. By Tim Radford. burwashwonderwood.com


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Wattle hurdles in Brooklyn, N.Y. support blackberries and rambling roses.
Image via Vogue magazine.


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Wattle fence hurdles made of hazel wood.
www.arksupplies.co.uk


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Cleft wattle screen with roof (protecting bee skeps) at the Weald and Downland Museum. wealddown.co.uk


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A wattle fence at Sanok-Skansen outdoor museum in Poland. wikipedia.org


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Colony of Avalon, Ferryland, Newfoundland.
Looks sturdy enough for goats and cows.
Vicky Taylorhood. flickr.com


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Wattle Fence made from saplings and branches collected from the wooded area of owner's yard. Woven like a basket between 4 foot re-barb driven 1 foot into the ground. By Cliff Gilliam. www.yardshare.com


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Continuous weave wattle fence, herringbone design with wood shake top.
Maramures, Romania. Image by Myra Lea. flickr.com


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An open trellis in the panel gives privacy with a feeling of openness.
By Simon Fowler. peaktraditionalfencing.co.uk


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Upright wattle fence in Lithuania.
Copyright: Gdaiva. flickr.com


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Attach wattle to a pre-existing rail fence. 'Another idea' - weave saplings into a chain link fence painted brown. Jason DoubleGrande. flickr.com


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Wattle fence has ancient origins in Africa as well. A reconstruction of the traditional King's palace at Nyanza, Rwanda. en.m.wikipedia.org


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Wattle Fence in the 1400's.
Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry.
en.wikipedia.org



How To:  

Wattle fence: www.epa.gov
Stake Naturally: www.telegraph.co.uk

Courses:

Dan Holmes, UK: www.sussexgates.co.uk
Dorset Rural Skills: www.dorsetruralskills.co.uk
Peak National Park: www.peaktraditionalfencing.co.uk

More Ideas:

bramptonwillows.co.uk
For live willow sources see: inspirationgreen.com/living-willow-hedges

Maintenance:

The more protected, the longer lasting. Lasts much longer if covered in vegetation. Annual application of linseed/turpentine: bramptonwillows.co.uk

Premade Hurdles:

Calif, US: Large orders only: thewillowfarm.com
UK: www.primrose.co.uk
UK: naturalfencing.com
UK: darrencuffhurdlemaker.co.uk.fvnx.net
UK: yorkshirehurdles.com
UK. 
peaktraditionalfencing.co.uk
UK: parsonshurdles.co.uk
Made in China: mastergardenproducts.com
many more...




Alan King makes a hurdle and shows the stages involved. woodlands.co.uk
Another short video (using thin branches) to start you off: youtube.com
 
 
Wattle Edging Page: inspirationgreen.com/wattle-edging

 



 
 

 

 

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Terry
Posts: 7
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hazel hurdles
Reply #7 on : Mon March 02, 2015, 16:34:36
do you supply split hazel hurdles 6ft x 6ft twisted ends, how much (probably about 6 required) and how much extra for delivery to tn5 6 area
Peter O'Connor
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buying wattle in Ireland
Reply #6 on : Wed February 18, 2015, 13:19:01
Hi I teach a little 1-on-1 medieval archery and wanted to buy some wattle-pannels. About 12 or 15 to protect others in our garden. Any idea where I can source in Ireland or Britain?
Jordin
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Re: Wattle Fence
Reply #5 on : Wed January 07, 2015, 05:35:04
I really like wattle fences....After moving into my new home in North Palm Beach, the last item on my list of projects was the fence. I got six different quotes and chose Fence Crafters not just because they were affordable but also I got a good vibe from them during the bids process. My gut feeling paid off. Their team completed my fence professionally, efficiently and affordably. I would highly recommend this company for any fence job, large or small.
Emma Zhang
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Re: Wattle Fence
Reply #4 on : Tue July 29, 2014, 03:10:45
Dear friends:


This is Emma form Zen Xin International Trade Co,.,LTD of China.

We are specilizing in willow garden products and have professional designers to meet your your various requirements.

Very glad to know your company is doing garden products. Write to you to built business relationship in the long term .


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Gordon Driver
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Wattle fencing
Reply #3 on : Tue April 29, 2014, 03:32:46
I would like to purchase some wattle panels for my garden and would appreciate knowing if you supply such to small quantity buyers please.
Keiren
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To Dana
Reply #2 on : Fri February 21, 2014, 08:54:59
Hazel is best for long term durability. But willow also works well as weavers. You can purchase willow 'withies' in quantity for a large project. Other young late spring saplings could work...but some species (if taken too thin) might get brittle over time, so good to test their long term strength. Thick-ish, green and pliable are best. I do not have a list of the most pliable U.S. saplings, sorry!
dana
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wattle
Reply #1 on : Thu February 20, 2014, 15:29:52
thank u - great collection of work
enjoyed the film
do u know what wood we can use in the us instead of hazel?
 
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