Axe and Draw Knife Work at Caribou Ranch Open Space

It would benefit children to have early music exposure, both to develop neuronal pathways for the comprehension and appreciation of music and to augment other skill sets, such as math.

Joseph Eger, Einstein's Violin, 2005

I made some partial buck and rail fencing (just one buck at the end of a rail, not bucks on both ends of the rail) for the Artist-in-Residence housing at Caribou Ranch Open Space last week.

Okay, I did use a chainsaw for some of the work, but I used my axe and a huge firmer chisel to clear out the cuts.

I made sure that both bucks would look about the same.

Kerfing with a chainsaw goes a little faster.

I then drilled a hole in the buck with a 2 1/2 inch hole saw, marked the end of the rail through the hole so I had an idea how much to drawknife away. Sorry, I couldn't get any of my co-workers to take a shot of me and my drawknife, something about the camera would break....

I made sure that the rail would stay in the hole so I did something that you would do on a Windsor chair leg, I split the end with the firmer chisel...

made a wedge...

then drove it in to ensure a good fit of rail to buck.

The finished product.

The Delonde Barn, where the artist-in-residence gets to stay for about a week. Go to for more information on the artist-in-residence program.


  1. It's good to work with big timber and fundamental tools. The design of that gate makes perfect sense, too.

  2. Most ranchers that I've known and worked for, built buck and rail fences- you need something to hold the cattle in the mountain meadows for the summer. When fall comes around you move the cattle down to winter pasture, then you cut up the fences for stove wood. Then you do it all again next year.



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