18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY, HISTORICAL TREKKING, AND LONG TERM SURVIVAL.
I wonder if anyone has ever tried making a bucket by splitting a round, cutting out the middle, inletting a bottom and then putting the two halves back together. It SEEMS like it should work, but surely not or we'd have heard about it.
I agree Gorges. If a rough gage was used to ensure the base was in the round, I can't see why it would not work. A sealant of beeswax or pine pitch could be used to guard against leakage.I have no doubt that this method must have been used for a vessel at some time or another.Come to think of it, I believe some water canteens were constructed this way in barrel form.
You are probably both right, but no need to cleave the log. I make small wooden pots by augering out the centre of branch wood and with a knife carving to an equal wall thickness, then carve a trough or rail just up from the bottom and insert a flat disc, the branch wood is green and the disc is dry. As the branch wood dries it shrinks around the disc and forms a very tight seal. If you get it right a water tight vessel is achieved, get it wrong, you have firewood. Here is a link to a video of me making one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgicS6r5UQ
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