Here is our first gate that we've made by ourselves. Ed and Ian nearly finished welding together the perimeter of the corral this summer. However, there are still a few things left to do to get it ready for the buffalo. One of those things was filling in this hole with a functional gate.
Gates are among the more complicated parts of a corral to put together. Ian had helped Ed build several gates in the past, but this is the first one that we have done completely on our own. Welding is a skill that Ian has started learning just this year, thanks to Ed's patience and good nature. In all seriousness, though, welding can really be a lot of fun as long as you're not getting burned. It's kind of like finger-painting with molten steal. It's fortunate that this kind of welding is fun, because there's a lot of it left to do before everything around the farm is complete.