Friday, March 2, 2012

Fencing 101





























In our county, where, according to the recent census, there are 6 cows to every person, most of the fences are barbed wire.  Years ago, Don hired a local fence builder, Melvin Lawrence, to help him fence the perimeter of our property.  Melvin was in his late 60's at the time, well respected in our community, tall and lean, and strong as a 60 penny nail.  His work garb was overalls, and in one pocket, there was always a plumb bob.

Don worked with Melvin as his mentor, learning as they went.  The first part of the job was putting in the corner posts.  They were made of treated oak, which was state-of-the-art for fencing at the time.  Each one was 8 feet long, with a 6 inch diameter, and much heavier than the line posts.  Melvin said they had to be solid, as they anchored the entire fence, much like his faith, which was anchored in Jesus.

The wire was Red Brand, which was THE way to fence.  It had to be strung very tight, but not so tight that it would break.  When Don asked Melvin how to determine how tight was tight enough, Melvin stooped his tall frame, and, bending his ear to the wire, plucked it, and said, "It has to sound just like 'E' string on a fiddle."  This was an instrument with which he was well acquainted, not unlike the come-along in his hands.

That was 1976.  Melvin has since gone to be with his Savior.  The old fence has needed repairs over the years; fallen trees and branches have stretched and broken the wire, but all of the corner posts are right where they were planted, still anchoring the whole project.


...we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us  
may be greatly encouraged.   
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  
Hebrews 6:18, 19




Linking with Fridays Fences

16 comments:

Beth said...

oh, i just love that story. what an excellent trade. i love how GOD made each of us for a perfect job. that is awesome!! what a wonderful tools to learn & carry on through a lifetime on to your sons or daughters. love it!! thank you for sharing with us at friday fences. take care. i'm Beth, nice to meet you. have a great weekend. (:

Jan n Jer said...

What an interesting story...and the post n fence still stand! Great shot!!!

pens and needles said...

I just love how you can make an analogy to scripture with the most ordinary of things. There was another Man who was very good at that...

Carletta said...

A heartwarming story! Melvin reminds me of my Stepdad.
I LOVE this photo!

Jennifer Richardson said...

beautiful story,
beautiful legacy.
thanks for the nourishing
share.
my heart is smiling:)
-Jennifer

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A fence-maker who knows his music--charming!

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Mary Howell Cromer said...

Such a sweet story! My husby built our fence all by himself around our 2 acres 31 years ago. It is broken away, from trees falling and just plain getting very old. Boards are bowed and posts have rotted out and yet, we still keep many sections as they are, not for glamour, but for function, it keeps some of the deer a little further from our home. Have a very lovely weekend dear heart~

Rose said...

I had not thought of Red Brand in 35 years...and I love your shot and story.

Sivinden said...

A nice story, - and a solid corner post that will be even more beautiful with the years to come.

Lui said...

Melvin taught more than just fencing the property. Melvin taught also about fencing the perimeters of fears and doubt. What a lovely story! And Don got a good teacher!

Have a nice week, Connie!

Torunn said...

Cool picture! great colors. Greeting Torunn.

Kathy said...

Love this photo.

Pat said...

Wonderful story.
Wonderful image.

Kia and Zeno said...

Lovely story and such a beautiful picture :)

Nadege, said...

A lovely story and image.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good photo.

Regards and best wishes