The Widdington Bucket
on Percy to Return to the Village Green
I started to sort the staves out one by one
I insert the staves around the hoop
Lucky for me I had marked the inside of the bucket with a wavy pencil line just before I pull the bucket from the skip
Well it look like it’s all here
Nearly all the staves are of different widths.Without the pencil make it would have been a nightmare to reassemble.
Maybe it would have ended up as firewood.
I line all the staves up in their correct position.
You can just make out the wiggery pencil line on the right
I use a cabinet scraper to clean up the outside edge
I also number them as I clean the Staves
For the inside I had to use a Concave scraper.
The groove in the bottom of the staves is called a croze.
The croze is cut into the Staves so the bottom or lid could fit securely into the wooden staves.
Here you can see that this stave has an ear
this will form one of the two handles
The Staves all cleaned.I have also painted the two hoops
Time to reassemble; I started to insert the Staves around the hoop
The top hoop I hold up with a couple of blocks
I could do with another pair of hands, Oh well keep going....
aaaaaahhhhhhhh It's all fell apart again
Well that didn’t work.
This time I hold the hoops from the top; this gave me a lot more control as I slip the Staves in.
As I go around position the staves
I control the tension by sliding the hoops in or out
this made it so easy to reassemble the bucket.
A couple of taps and we are almost done.
You can just make out the three planks of wood that make up the bottom.
A little wax to bring out the colour and we are done.
To think this could have been lost forever
Well , what else would you put in a bucket!!!
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