[Ansteorra] barrels

Harris Mark.S-rsve60 Mark.s.Harris at motorola.com
Mon Oct 28 09:02:09 PST 2002

Pug replied to me with:
> > > One of these days I need to make my own barrels.
> > That's what I thought, too.
> > Then I bought a book on coopering (making barrels) and
> found out it is
> > not as easy as you might at first think, especially for
> barrels meant
> > to hold liquids. Among other things, the wood for the
> barrels must be
> > split radially from the tree, not cut in slabs as with a
> saw. The barrel
> > staves curve in three dimensions, and even the thickeness
> of the slats
> > changes. I don't think coopering is a project for a
> beginning carpenter,
> > which I definitely am.
> The good news is that there are places you can buy barrel staves from
> and shape them to your will. They are actually not that expensive, but
> again you are getting American oak.

Oh! It never occurred to me that someone might sell barrel kits or
barrel pieces. This would seem to take a lot of the work out of
making a barrel. Unless I was going to cut it myself, I didn't see
how I would get the radially cut pieces.

Folks, if you are looking at something to hide a mundane item such
as a plastic water barrel or ice chest, this might be a way to do

Stefan li Rous
stefan at florilegium.org

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