Phrase of the week…
The story of a quick little project that turned out to be quite addictive!
With it becoming imminent that next door will once again be rented out again after a fairly eventful year, we thought our good neighbours at the far end of our little collective might appreciate some privacy. We had fence panels in place, but they were infilled with mesh – great to view the hedge through but, at certain times of year, great to view absolutely everything through! Suz hit on the idea of fence panels that we could just attach to the existing framework, given that’s it’s solid wood (I suspect it’s ash). Looking at pre-made fence panels to buy I realised it wasn’t that easy – these are a standard size but they slot into the concrete posts, therefore anything of the same size wouldn’t sit happily on top because they’d be too long and cover a portion of the concrete post at either end.
“Can’t we just buy some slats and screw them on?” Suz questioned. “I quite like those wavey edge panels”, she added.
It turns out they’re actually called “waney” edge panels – with an interesting etymology that I shan’t bore you with here. Suffice to say I searched for a supplier and stumbled across a fairly local chap named Peter Ferguson, who runs the Mansfield Mobile Sawmill. A quick call to order some freshly cut locally sourced 12mm larch cladding found me driving up to collect it just three days later from his al fresco open-plan office.
And the end result was so much quicker to build, and will last around thirty years with no treatment! My kind of numbers – who wants to mess around with chemicals to preserve something so natural? The colour will fade over time to a silver-grey, much like oak does, but that will only add to the charm. After all, that is our shared destiny. I should add that it also worked out cheaper than buying pre-made panels too!
With the two main fence panels completed, I realised that the off-cuts Peter so kindly threw in with the job would allow me to replace the rotten end panel at the far end of the fence. Job done!
And then there was the patio area that last year was filled with tomato plants (“There may be a pandemic Suz, but we’ll never want for a decent passata.”). Suz liked the idea of a wind break that also doubled up as a privacy screen from the road when sat down, enjoying the last rays of summer sun.
Excellent, I got to work once more, grabbing three sweet chestnut fencing posts that we have lying around to replace the naff pine posts that rot within five years.
A couple of hours later and we had the perfect rustic background on which to hang a bird ornament Mark & Judy bought us a while ago (I say Mark & Judy – I suspect Mark has no idea he bought it for us). So I’m now busy searching for anywhere else I can add the waney edge to – my eye is on the tractor shed 😀