The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 255
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The Cedar Chopper
variations in quality, there is widespread agreement on the dur-
ability of the red "heart" of the cedar, which made it popular
for fencing even prior to the use of barbed wire. Roy Bedichek
compared the fencing used by the Texas pioneers to that used
in ancient Greece: "These two types of fence, loose stone and
upright posts 'closely set,' thus recorded on Ithaca circa 1,ooo
B.C. are identical with the types used on the Edwards Plateau
by Texas pioneers three thousand years later."a"
The demand for fencing on the open plains is a thing of the
past, but normal post replacement and the present highway build-
ing program creates a high demand for fencing. One cedar yard
owner estimated that posts may be sold in io,ooo-post lots for a
highway project. The only problem of a cedar yard owner is to
keep enough cutters in the brakes to supply the posts. There are
slack months, but in the course of a year a yard owner has orders
for many more posts than he gets. The prospects, then, for con-
tinuation of the cedar chopper population seem to depend as
much upon the personal satisfaction and internal stability of
the population as upon a decline in the demand for their services.
68Bedichek, Adventures with a Texas Naturalist, ion.
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