The majority of the gates are made using locally sourced sustainable English hardwoods, especially oak and sweet chestnut. Both woods are renowned for their durability outdoors without the need for artificial preservatives.
All my gates are tailor-made to fit your specific location. That's why it's always helpful to see the position the gate is going to be set in. When making an initial enquiry if possible, it’s always worth sending a few photos of the position along with the size of the gate. Once I’ve assessed your requirements, if it's practical to arrange a site visit then that can be done.
Styles of handmade wooden garden gates
The present range of gates listed below is designed to complement the styles of rustic fencing I make, but they can equally be used to add a focal point to an existing gap in a hedge or wall.
This is perhaps what I would call my simplest style of garden gate. The entire gate is made from coppiced chestnut poles. The rails are relatively straight, giving you the cottage feel but without being too quirky. Included in the price is the standard wooden latch, adjustable eye-bolt hinges and all the fixings required to attach it to whatever post you're using.
This is the middle style in terms of intricacy in this series of garden gates. After making these gates for a good number of years, I was told by a string of happy customers that they bore a striking resemblance to gates they'd seen on Minorca, hence the new name.
Made entirely from coppiced chestnut poles, the rails are fashioned from carefully selected poles that have the best natural curves. These produce the natural organic lines that make these gates so eye-catching. Because of the way chestnut grows, ie with relatively gentle curves, the natural curves appear more pronounced the wider the gate is. Included in the price is the standard wooden latch, adjustable eye-bolt hinges and all the fixings required to attach it to whatever post you're using.
The most intricate style in this series of garden gates, takes it's basic structure from the Minorcan gate but with additional leaf embellishments.
The style came about when a regular customer asked if it was possible to make a gate to keep rabbits out of his walled garden, without resorting to attaching chicken wire. I came up with this style that effectively made the bottom 18 inches of the gate rabbit proof, thus solving the problem and creating an attractive gate in the process.
Included in the price is the standard wooden latch, wooden keep, adjustable eye-bolt hinges and all the fixings required to attach it to whatever post you're using.
Chestnut paling gate
The chestnut paling gate is designed to fit in perfectly with the paling fence I make and install. To fit with the fencing this style of gate tends to be quite a bit heavier than the previous gates mentioned above.
The heads (side uprights) are roughly rectangular in cross section while the cross rails are produced from cleft (split) sections of sweet chestnut. The pales or pickets are made from larger diameter chestnut that is cleft into 16 or 32 pieces depending on the size of the original log.
Unique wooden gates
Even though a gate may be one of the above styles, each one is treated individually, with deviations from those that have gone before; sometimes a small detail, at other times a more radical change. I am constantly modifying both my technique and my design solutions in an attempt to improve the finished article.
For a better idea of my gate range please go to the gallery.
I am happy to provide a full gate installation service should you require it, or can simply supply the finished gate for you to install yourselves.
As part of the whole design solution, I make gate posts to match the style of each particular gate; be they a sawn and planed oak post for a formal entrance gate or a rough sawn and shaped oak post for a rustic cottage garden gate.