Leslie Phillip snedding out larch thinnings
Photograph courtesy of Leslie Phillip, Perth who was working on Lour Estate, Forfar at the time. He recalls that the Estate had received a large order for rustic larch fencing material which entailed snedding the smaller larch trees with an axe down below the normal three inches top diameter to nearer one and half inches. The aim was to try and keep the bark undamaged as it was one of the main features of the rustic fence. Bent and curved poles were also very much in demand. Note the pulp hook in side holster used to handle the small poles from within the wood. The axe could be a slim line light weight Swedish axe which replaced the old heavy Scotch and English axes used previously.
At this period there was quite a fashion in gardens to create trellis work and fences using short lengths of larch to form a variety of geometric shapes as part of the fence.
Picture added on 27 April 2015