Sam Duncan

Once Upon a Time, 5,000 years ago …

Late last year, we hosted Del Barnett, Archeology Steward, Texas Historical Commission, who spent the day with us completing an archeological survey of the Duncan Ranch. Our day started at the Payne Gap Schoolhouse, where we spent some time analyzing the fossil life in the stone walls. We also dug around the environs of the schoolhouse looking for evidence of the original, wooden schoolhouse that burned in 1938 (more details of this event included in

Today’s Abstraction

If you don’t regularly work with round hay bales, you might be confused about what’s going on here. If you work with them, then you’ll know this is not a giant red crayon skewer. I saw this and immediately got a charge from this bright red point pushing through the hay.

Today’s Abstraction

If you have an artist’s eye, and you’re scanning the landscape while driving, sometimes a composition like this demands you stop your car and take a picture. That’s exactly what happened in this case. One can imagine that a precisionist artist like Charles Sheeler would have similarly responded. This geometric, artificial overlay of colorful guide wires applies an illusion of order on top of the landscape, yet it also brings pure aesthetic excitement.

Castle Gap Wind Turbine Foundation

Yesterday Jeffrey and I spent part of the afternoon surveying construction sites related to the Castle Gap Wind. It’s a project that is precipitating a dramatic change to our property. Construction crews have finished the rebar foundation base to wind turbine number 6, located among a collection of turbines along the western part of the project. When we encountered this massive, sculptural object, we immediately knew that we wanted to create a video that conveyed

Shearing Day!

Twice a year, shearers arrive at the ranch to give our Angora goats a haircut. This spring, the Castareno brothers took care of our small flock of about thirty goats. It’s a marvel to see the skill involved in quickly shearing a goat!

Glenn Dale Duncan, 1934-2022

lenn Dale Duncan, 87, passed away in the early morning of March 15, 2022, at Goldthwaite Health and Rehabilitation. Dale was born at his parents’ home in Payne Gap, Texas, on November 23, 1934, to Orbie Duncan and Willie “Bill” Duncan. He was an only child, but he grew up with a close extended family …

Fire Nor Man Wants to Die

Around noon on March 14, 2022, I noticed a flurry of activity near the fence surrounding our wind project’s lay down and operations and maintenance areas. I soon realized that some workers had started a blaze. Seconds later, it was out of control, tearing its way toward the northeast and moving as fast as liquid …

Bill Duncan Quilt

Jeffrey and I found this double-knit quilt top that Willie “Bill” Duncan (Sam’s grandmother) made years ago in an old quilt box that we uncovered while cleaning out the schoolhouse. I love the black “X” in the center (eye of the storm?) surrounded by green blocks, and I love the way the quilt blocks play with the stone pattern of the schoolhouse wall in the photo above. Nice work, Nannie!