This guy just likes to work in stone.

Granted, the mesas on the other side of the plateau to the east of the Gulch are rich in stackable shale. Took me three painful hours just to gather stone for a 4X8 woodshed floor, and this guy does things like this for laughs…

Yup – he’s got the only stone round pen I’ve ever seen. He builds with stone all the time, apparently for no better reason than because he likes to. The enclosure on his fruit trees, for example…

…and I happen to know he hasn’t been any more successful actually getting fruit from trees than anybody else out here has. He just likes stacking rocks and growing trees.

Wanna see something kind of gross, that proves that anything can be a commodity?

I know where there’s two dead cows: The one I hauled off back in April, which is pretty much bones now, and this one. The other one is of no value because it didn’t have horns but I’ve got my eye on this one which has a nice symmetrical set. There’s always a demand for horned skulls, from people who like that sort of thing.

But this cow is still in the ‘rotting corpse’ phase of her transformation into decor, and I keep my involvement with rotting corpses to a necessary minimum. So I’m just keeping my eye on her and letting the bugs do their thing.

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9 Responses to This guy just likes to work in stone.

  1. Jabrwok says:

    I suppose harvesting the skin wouldn’t be worth the effort? Probably illegal too, just because:-P.

  2. Joel says:

    A couple of times I kind of wished I had – but without trees to hoist the carcass from (when it was freshly dead) I really don’t know how I’d have done it. I also have no experience tanning hides. So even though the thought did occur to me, I passed on the opportunity.

  3. Anon says:

    Actually I’ll bet he uses stone for the same reason my ancestors did for sheep pens.. It’s free.

  4. Kentucky says:

    I believe the old-time buffalo hide hunters essentially cut the hide free from the accessible “top” side and then muscled (or used their horses to roll) the corpse over to free the hide on that side . . . then rolled/dragged the nekkid corpse off of the unattached hide. Dunno for sure, but it seems logical. Out there on the plains they didn’t have handy trees either.

  5. MJR says:

    With the stone pen I bet this guy has no issue with cattle. Since the guy likes it so much maybe you could con him into building one around the new and improved super secret lair. Renumber if you don’t ask…

    Once I looked at taking in a seminar on brain tanning but didn’t follow through. I sorta wished I had but it was also around the time we built our home and I already had enough on my plate.

  6. Kentucky says:

    Why on earth would you wand to tan your brain? Wouldn’t that be bad for it?

    Oh. Wait. Nevermind . . .


  7. Joel says:

    Chicks dig a guy with a heavy tan. Or so I’ve been told…

  8. That is a sweet looking round pen.

    About 25 years ago a friend as getting $16@sf doing dry stonework around fancy houses in Santa Fe – and the clients provided the material! I started as a grunt but ran out of work to do so wound up hammering and fitting to fill my time. Hard work but satisfying when you’d step back and take a look at the end result.

    I wonder if this person ever heard of fruit walls? Those are a bit short but it makes me wonder…

    Did this guy ever live in NM back when – the work looks comparable?

  9. Kentucky says:

    That guy really . . . rocks.

    Sorry , , , the voices made me do it . . .


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