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Chicken Wire Fabrication - Video

  
  
  
  

Chicken wire, also known as poultry netting and hexagonal netting, is a woven wire mesh. The video below shows how chicken wire mesh is woven. You can see how the wires are twisted together to make the hexagonal opening.

This particular machine is weaving mesh used in making Gabions. Although the mesh is larger (3") and the wires used are heavier (11 gauge and heavier) than the chicken wire you can buy at your local store, the manufacturing process is similar.

There is one difference. This machine is doing continuous weave -  the twisted wires run in the same direction the entire length of the twist. Chicken wire available in stores is made with a reverse twist - the twist switches direction (reverses itself) half way through the length of the twist. Continuous weave is inherently stronger than reverse twist.

Is this the first time you have seen a loom weaving chicken wire?




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Thanks. I am always curious to see how things are made. Too bad the younger generations don't seem so inquisitive. Show more.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:31 AM by David Gehrman
Thanks for the comment. I'm always looking for informational videos.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:58 AM by Duncan Page
Thanks for the clip, Duncan. Those machines sure beat wire weaving by hand!
Posted @ Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:16 AM by David Dutton
thanks for posting the video.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 10:27 PM by joe fish
Completely hypnotising. Love it!
Posted @ Saturday, February 18, 2012 3:50 PM by Nuria
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