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Plainsman Koppies

A “koppie” is a small volcanic extrusion emerging out of a plain. It is the name given to such structures that occur throughout Southern Africa. The Earthsky is scattered with them. It is in these natural ‘islands’, in the midst of the endless fernland of the plain, that the Plainsmen make their homes. As the location of so much of The Standing Dead, I had to take care in exploring and understanding the topography of […]

Plainsman Saddle-Chairs

Plainsmen saddle-chairs are light constructions woven from wicker and finished with fern twine. The basic seat is shaped like a boat and is attached over and across its ‘bows’ by a belt passing under the belly of the aquar. The chair is further secured at its ‘stern’ with a belt that wraps around the root of the aquar’s tail. A bundle of scouring-rush (horsetail) rods is attached transversally, ‘amidships’, and is adjusted to the rider […]