Just a short EMERGENCY BLOG concerning the dowels in the buckets. I haven’t noticed it before, but I found a picture of the dowels used in the traditional buckets.
The dowel was shaped like a woman, that is a slim waist in the middle and pointed on both ends. The reason for this is that when the bucket swells from water a great deal of pressure will be applied to the dowels and they can break in the middle.
There’s no explanation in the book, but I think the most vulnerable point is the middle because that area of the dowel is in the joints and any unevenness of the stave’s at that point can produce enough leverage to break the dowel when expanded by moisture.
The idea here is to make the center about 2/3 of the diameter of the dowel with a smooth transition like a woman’s hips. (Sorry girls, I couldn’t find a better form to describe this). The ends are with a taper of about 1/8” or 3mm.
I apologize for coming so late with this information, but this info was somewhat obscure in my book. I have most of my dowels done and now I have to pull them out and carve them into the required shape.The Author said that if you won’t be filling the bucket with liquid, then you won’t need to do this step.
I have to go shopping with the wife now, but I will get a picture of the shaped dowels later today. I hope this doesn’t cause you a lot of aggravation.
-- Mike, American in Norway