KIWI Fence School

And the countdown begins…two more days until Fence School! For all of you wondering what in the world fence school is, don’t worry, we are going to lay it all out for you. Now, I have never been to Fence School, but that is all about to change, and I can’t wait!

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History

Fence School began in 1984 when the KIWI Fence Company realized the need for teaching technique and installation of high-tensile wire. Although fence contractors were well versed in the construction of barbed wire fence and woven wire fence, high-tensile wire was a completely new concept. John Wall, founder of KIWI Fence Company, understood the potential for high-tensile wire and saw the need for longer lasting, more efficient, and overall higher quality fencing options. Through his company Mr. Wall created KIWI Fence School. Back in the 80’s, Fence School was held monthly due to the high demand for high-tensile fence installation instruction. Today fence school is offered twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

The original instructors for Fence School included John Wall, Bill Iams, Mark Wallace, and Bret Eisiminger. Personally, I wish there were biographies on these guys, but for now I’ll just have to settle for stories and snippets from magazines. This year’s Fence School instructors include Kencove Product Specialists Bonita Whalen, Hoss DeHaven, and Lacy Weimer. As the popularity of high-tensile fence grew, more and more farmers, ranchers, and contractors enrolled in the class. Today, Fence School teaches participants more than high-tensile fence installation. The course includes woven wire, Horserail, and coated wire products as well. Not only do students learn the steps to install a fence, but they learn proper planning techniques, the inner workings of fence energizers, estimating fence installation costs, and how to create proper contracts.fenceschoolgroup2_2014blog

 

During Fence School, each participant is immersed in the proper fence construction technique. Pupils take home a binder packed full of detailed instruction, pictures, tips, and tricks for each type of fence installation.

 

Content

Not only do students take home a resourceful binder, but the connections, hands-on learning, and demonstrations remain vivid in past participants’ minds. Fence School uses both classroom learning and hands-on learning to ensure each participant is confident and well informed in fence installation. Contractors, farmers, ranchers, and hobbyists can leave Fence School confident and ready to install fence correctly the first time around. Just because class is over doesn’t mean the learning and connections end too. Kencove stresses that product specialists and Fence School instructors are simply a phone call or visit away.dsc_0127_blog

The course outline is rigorous, but how else could you fit years worth of knowledge, experience, and stories into two days? Students start off by learning the basics of fence installation, bracing, and posts. Regardless of the type of fence you install, basic post installation and bracing systems are similar. In order to have a good, sturdy fence, you need adequate bracing at your corners and solid posts to keep your fence tight and strong. Students then move into fence types and the product specifications. You will learn about spacing, insulating wires, different types of knots on woven wire, tools needed, and materials used.

 

So why should you sign up for Fence School?

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Bonita explains, “As with any profession, you need training. You don’t just go out there and build a fence with no knowledge of what you are doing and expect to establish a flourishing business. The school gives you the knowledge on how to build those fences correctly and lays the groundwork to go on to build and solve problems you may encounter in other jobs.”

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