Jamestown Cooperage, LLC uses quality wood in its products. If you use your wooden bucket to carry water, then you should always keep it damp; do not let it dry out. Wood expands and contracts when it absorbs and releases water causing the hoops to loosen.
If outdoors, it is best to keep your cooperage on wooden blocks or bricks. Do not let your cooperage come in contact with the ground for extended periods of time. Bugs, germs and bacteria found in dirt will cause the wood to rot. Do not leave your cooperage out in direct sunlight for extended periods of time because sunlight can dry out the wood very rapidly.
If you intend on using your cooperage inside, you should treat it like fine, wood furniture. For indoor cooperage, regular applications of linseed oil and turpentine mixture, or any other modern wood oils will go a long way to stabilize the wood and prevent the normal expansion and contraction. If these steps are not taken it is very likely that your bucket will begin to shrink, loosen and fall apart. Following these directions will ensure the longevity of your hand-crafted piece and help maintain its original appearance.