The roundpole fence is a wooden fence typical to the countryside in Sweden (in Swedish: gärdesgård), Finland (in Finnish: riukuaita, risuaita or pistoaita), Norway (in Norwegian: skigard) and Estonia (in Estonian: roigasaed or teivasaed). It is normally made from unbarked and unsplit youngish trees, mostly spruce or juniper. Roundpole fences have traditionally been used as a means of fencing off animals rather than marking property boundaries.
The fence construction generally consists of 3 or 4 parts: uprights put together in pairs, round poles laid horizontally or diagonally between the two uprights, and binding cord usually made from young saplings - and sometimes also diagonal bracing. The fence is usually 1.5–2 metres tall. The fencing can also incorporate specially made stiles and gates. The fence requires an abundance of wood, which was never a problem in Scandinavia, as the trees generally came from the owners' own forests in the process of thinning them out.
- Coat-of-arms of Gjerdrum municipality, Norway.
- Media related to Roundpole fences at Wikimedia Commons
- Korhonen, Teppo: Muuttuva maaseutu - historiallinen maatalous: Erilaisia aitatyyppejä. (in Finnish only)
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