I love the look of fencing, running the land, defining the landscape. Whether in Middleburg VA, close to where I went to high school (and many-a-Gold Cup Races), or Lexington KY (where I visit an old trainer) the fences that outline the contours of the land, with peaceful horses grazing inside them, really speak to me. I love looking at old books of historic fences. Many of the line drawings could be artwork and, indeed have provided great inspiration for a whole new product category for OUGHTON [not art though…]. Stay tuned!
Equestrienne, Martha Stewart, was so captivated by a fence she spotted in Ontario she has it removed and installed at her Westchester property. “There were many miles of it in the area,” she says of the 100-year old white cedar planks. “I was lucky to get enough to fence in all of my horses’ paddocks.” In my corner of Vermont, we’re lucky enough to have old stone walls delineating the landscaping. Many date back to the 17th century, when a colonial stonemason literally crafted every inch of the wall, carefully selecting interlocking stones wihtout using any mortar to bind them together. Tanner Natural Creations, based out of Swanton, Vermont is our artisan of choice for repairs. The next time I have them out, I’m going to share with them my renderings for a dry-stone mounting block in front of Red Barn Studio, a satorial-step-up from my trusty step rail!