Written by Vern Moore, this 120-page manual is both an interesting read and an informative how-to.

With more than 30 years of experience building farm and ranch fence, Moore provides step-by-step lessons — in words and more than 400 photos — on building and maintaining fence. It begins with a brief history of fence in the West and then delves into all the practical considerations and know-how of contemporary fencing. The eight chapters include: planning and site preparation, brace posts, line wire and line posts, putting up wire, gates, other fencing options, repairing fence, and corrals and panels.

The book is available for $34.70 ($29.95 +$4.75 for shipping and handling). Order from Moore Fencing, PO Box 931, Forsyth, MT 59327. Or order online at www.moorefencingonline.com. You can also call 800-305-3896.