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Topic One-hundred-six: Rail Splitting and Fence Building School Event

 
THE REAL THING:  ABE AND STUDENTS BUILD A REAL RED OAK SPLIT RAIL FENCE    Herrick, Illinois School Lincoln-Year, 2002
Celebrating the "By the Light of the Fire" Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (TLCF) Federal Grant for $180,000 to Shelbyville, Charleston and Cowden-Herrick Schools
 
The 19th Century technology of building a sturdy rail fence, was combined with digital images, webpage creation (by kids), research, and of course much computing.  The computing for the making of  the design for this fence came from the mind of B.F. McClerren.  Mr. Taylor's biggest task was deciding how long and high we wanted the fence.  Each rail was "very heavy."

PICTURES OF OUR EVENT

B.F. McClerren made a visit to my old school in Illinois and together with Middle School students when he actually split rails and  constructed a rustic "real" red oak rail fence.  Here are some Photos of that event, including WAND TV (Decatur, IL) Scott England interviewing Howard Taylor

 

 
 
 
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The 19th Century technology of building a sturdy rail fence, was combined with digital images, webpage creation (by kids),   research, and of course much computing.  

...AND TV (Decatur, Illinois) Reporter, Scot England, was present to record and interview the event at Herrick, Illinois
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The design for the making of  the design for this fence came from the mind of B.F. McClerren.  Mr. Taylor's biggest task was deciding how long and high we wanted the fence.  Each rail was "very heavy."

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Mac demonstrates how to start the split using an axe, glut and wedge.
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Splitting Rails from 8" Red Oak Herrick logs donated by Conway Logging, Herrick.
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Wedge and glut to start split.

Principal Steve Goebel and students working with Abe in splitting the rails
The rails were quite heavy, and the fence would decorate the building for several years.
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The final Fence in front of our Herrick School


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