The Equine Sculpture of Rachel Wilson
She decided she would create an “assemblage” out of natural materials on the farm.
“It really started out of necessity,” she said. “We were outside already, and I always seem to find something creative I can do.”
Now, even her little ones have been working on their own sculptures. Cost was a additional incentive.
“We’ve been through some tight times with farming,” said Wilson, a “city girl” from Webb City who now loves the farming life with her husband, Kyle, a third-generation farmer.
Now, it’s a family event. Kyle Wilson drives the pickup truck, and she and the kids “pick up sticks.”
Those sticks are pretty special — they are big, shapely, hard and resistant. “As far as I can tell, it lasts for just about forever,” she said of the wood.
Hedge — or Osage orange trees — were planted in the hedge rows and used for fencing. The Wilsons have dug up hedge fence posts placed years earlier that are still green and untouched by rot or bugs. It’s easy to find the fallen branches, especially after the ice storms of 2007 and 2008.
“I don’t take anything off living trees,” she insists. “I’m kind of a tree-hugger, I guess.”