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Project by John Millikin posted 04-03-2010 01:34 AM 2321 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been making buckets for about 30 years. I make other things too, but coopering is my favorite craft; blacksmithing is a close second. I started making mesquite buckets about 20 years ago, and haven’t been able to stop. They’re much harder to make than a pine bucket but the result is worth the effort. I have other stuff on Etsy: mesquiteforge. Enjoy, jack

-- Jack





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Popsnsons

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#1 posted 04-03-2010 02:19 AM

Nice workmanship Jack…That mesquite looks really good. My only experience with it is soaking chips for the BBQ.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 02:40 AM

those look great. You form all the metal from scratch? Authentic quality, I got to say these remind me of the good ol’ days. Nice buckets…...

“My bucket’s got a hole in it….....”

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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TJCROSS

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 03:00 AM

Very Nice!

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 03:03 AM

Cool, i didn’t this wood!

-- Charles-Etienne Sauvé-Faucher, Ebéniste.

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#5 posted 04-03-2010 04:25 AM

Your Mesquite and Iron works have great rustic beauty. I love mesquite and it just looks at home the way you’ve crafted it. Very nice craftmanship.

I’m curious how you got started making buckets and how long it takes you to create one?

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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speedingtickets

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#6 posted 04-03-2010 05:22 AM

Fantastic workmanship! I love the qualities of the Mesquite coupled with the metal work.

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#7 posted 04-03-2010 06:05 AM

lookiin good!! Welcome to LJ,

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-03-2010 06:45 AM

Hey jack,
Sweet job…well done.

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#9 posted 04-03-2010 11:07 AM

I think that has to be the finest bucket I’ve ever seen. Great craftsmanship.

-- John

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#10 posted 04-03-2010 12:13 PM

thanks for sharing an “old” craft with us..that mesquite sure makes those buckets look special.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#11 posted 04-03-2010 05:36 PM

i love it!, the iorn metal really give it a nice look

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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lazar

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#12 posted 04-03-2010 08:09 PM

Nice work.

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#13 posted 04-03-2010 10:00 PM

that is so beautiful I wouldn’t want to use it .. but since I like to use all my treasures, what a pleasure it would be to carry this around.

Just LOVELY LOVELY LOVELY

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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WilcoFlier

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 11:01 PM

Dou you use a lathe to get the inside smooth and flat?

-- www.hobbyhoutbewerking.nl

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John Millikin

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#15 posted 04-03-2010 11:17 PM

Thanks again for your nice comments. I’ll try to answer a few questions. I started making buckets in 1980, plus or minus, after reading an article in Fine Woodworking about an old Swiss guy who had been making them for a living his whole life. The story reminded me that we always had a bunch of wooden buckets laying around the farm that we were always tripping over. I found out later that my granddad kept buying these from an old friend of his who needed the money—just a way to help out. I tried my first bucket in pine and it came out “ok”, but it wouldn’t hold water, and it wasn’t too pretty. It was very challenging, and it took a lot of buckets before they were consistently watertight and true. I do use a lathe for the final sanding, but the buckets are round and smooth from plane work. It takes 6 hrs to make a pine bucket and 22 hrs to make a mesquite bucket. later, jack

-- Jack

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