|Project by stefang||posted 617 days ago||1586 views||5 times favorited||25 comments|
A bucket made entirely with hand tools including wooden staves reinforced with hand carved dowels, bottom also made of 3 boards also held together with hand carved dowels, and banding cut from debarked Willow tree branches to hold the whole thing together. No glue. This would be a typical water or milk bucket used as late as 1900 and for over a one or two thousand years before that.
My wife is using the bucket for seasonal floral decorations. It sits right next to our cast iron oven/fireplace. In the winter it shrinks, the bands get a bit loose and cracks appear between the staves. In summer it sucks up the ambient moisture, the cracks disappear and the banding get quite tight. In normal use carrying liquids it would stay tight all the time.
I was looking through my project gallery and I found that I forgot to post the bucket project Mafe and I worked on about 1-1/2 years ago. We each made our own bucket version using special hand tools that we also made, including a wooden hand plane with a radiused plane iron to plane a curve into the staves (one at a time), a dado knife with a very long shoulder handlel to cut the dados for the bottom and a special wooden lever used to install the bands with. For me, the bands were the most difficult part. I made about 12 bands before I finally succeeded with the special carved joint which keeps them together. I am therefore most proud of this part.
I wanted to get this project into my project gallery and that’s why I’m posting it now. It was was a lot of fun and some aggravation too, and more challenging than I first expected. Both Mads and I blogged our bucket projects, but I was using photo bucket at that time and I inadvertently deleted the related photos, so I took these pics today. If you want to see more basic details you can look it up on Mafe’s blog. http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/20676
This photo was taken about 3pm here in Norway. As you can see we are having a bit of snow today. It’s now 7pm and still going strong. I may be spending the next few days at home.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.