Once upon a time an industrial designer and a patent attorney started yarning about what they had been doing over the weekend. The patent attorney, an electrical engineer by training, had a small hobby farm and had been repairing holes made in fences by wild pigs and kangaroos. The industrial designer was intrigued to hear that something as straightforward as a fence could have so many problems.
And so was born a mutual cooperation aimed at improving Australia’s fences. After all, it’s often said that fencing is the only thing holding the country together.
After various false starts, the DE BARBER was created to remove barbs from barbed wire. Many thought this was a bit silly given that barbed wire manufacturers had gone to the trouble of putting the barbs on the barbed wire. However, many customers rapidly appreciated that it’s useful to remove the odd barb or two if you’re trying to connect barb wire to a strainer post, join two pieces barbed wire, are using GRIPPLES, or just want to remove that barb which is exactly opposite a slot in a CLIPEX fence post.
Similarly, tales of frustration with a conventional HAYES fence strainer, which kept slipping off the wire just when some force was to be applied, led to an entirely new design for fence strainers. Thus was born the StraineX strainer.
Another problem was fences, particularly including mesh such as HINGE LOCK, which required a little bit of re-tensioning but which were not sloppy enough to warrant being completely re-strained. And so the CRINKLER was devised and will shortly be released.
Other problems discussed included woody weeds, winding wire and wobbly old wooden posts with solutions in the pipeline of new products.