On the Easel: Jackleg


This is a painting I am currently working on. It is a section of our Jackleg fence we had put up to divide the pasture for the horses. In researching the history of the Jackleg fence I came across constructing fences that are 'healthy' and friendly for wildlife. There were some disturbing graphic depictions of wildlife that had gotten caught up in some nasty fencing. Along with that were some great set ups for fencing that aloud wildlife to pass safely while keeping cattle in or out, whatever the case might be. Did not find a 'history' on the Jackleg fence. Just that it is use were Lodge pole pine is prevalent and on rocky soil were driving posts are difficult. We kept our's easy for wildlife to pass through, crawl under or jump over.

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