Wooden Bucket, white pine, blue painted iron hoops, two-gallon, manila rope handle
7.5 Inches tall
9.5 Inches tall handle staves
9.75 Inches diameter at top
10.75 Inches diamter at bottom
These white pine buckets are water tight made using traditional coopering methods. The painted hoops are inspired by 19th century cooperage made by the Shakers. The hoops hold the bucket together by friction fit only. No glue, epoxy, wax or pitch tar.
Cooperage needs to be used in a consistent manner. Traditionally, buckets were used for carrying water on a daily basis. Barrels for dry goods were purposefully kept dry and used consistently for dry purposes only. An established pattern of use will keep a wooden vessel stable.
If you use your wooden bucket to carry water, then it should always be kept damp; do not let it dry out. If you are using your container outdoors:
• Place your cooperage on wooden blocks or bricks; do not let it sit directly on the ground for extended periods. This may cause decay in the wood.
• Limited UV exposure; do not leave your cooperage in direct sunlight for extended periods
If you intend to use your piece to hold or carry water:
• Use it on a daily or weekly basis
• Do not let it dry out. Wood expands and contracts when it absorbs and releases water which may cause the hoops to loosen.
If you are using your container indoors as a decorative or display piece please note these following optimal conditions:
• Regular applications of mineral, linseed, or tung oil
• Above 20% humidity
• Limited UV exposure; do not leave your cooperage in direct sunlight for extended periods of time.