Create something beautiful AND functional with items from my family farm!
How do I build a fence with tobacco sticks?
I have thousands of 80+ year old tobacco sticks. I'd like to use them to fence my yard, particularly the back fence line (mature trees and an ancient wire fence that had drooped in some places and grown into the trees in others). I want a rustic look but still sturdy and low maintenance - NO paint, screws instead of nails, and thin stone edging underneath. I'd publish it on my blog, The Jammie Girl. http://www.thejammiegirl.com/
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Angie, I’m guessing you live in VA or NC. ;) Seal the sticks with equal parts BLO and turpentine. You might want to soak them in a bath or pipe with fittings on both ends. I think our friends grandparents used white oak on their tobacco farm. I’m thinking you may have to predrill unless you get some expensive screws. For designs, you could do a picket type like the old forts had with the points sticking up, or you could do a frame with designs in each frame. This requires a 2 x 6 at least top and bottom with a couple 2x2’s. Fix one 2x2 on face side of 2x6 fix your sticks to the 2x2 and finish with the other 2x2
Thank you for educating me! I never even knew there was a thing called tobacco sticks! But here is a link that can help, and give you some decorating ideas for any you might have left over.
I'm having a lot of fun making decorative items while waiting for the heavy-duty tree removal people to get around to us so I can re-build our fence. We had a tornado come through and pull a massive tree up by the roots. The soonest anyone can get to us is one month.
Greetings from MD, where my family grew tobacco for generations. I remember those "bacca" sticks! :-)
Twist wire around and inbetween sticks to form a paling fence.
Tobacco sticks for garden fence: