topic: Plainsmen

Plainsman Koppies

A “koppie” is a small volcanic extrusion emerging out of a plain. It is the name given to such structures that appear 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 some care in exploring and understanding the topography […]

Plainsman Saddle-Chairs

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