Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Making an 18th Century Fire Bucket

Hi everyone!

So on my neverending historical studies, I joined Gunn Klass, a class that is presented by a couple board members at the museum. It focuses on skills like making flint locks, leather sewing, blacksmithing, and more. For the first project of the Fall semester, we are making fire buckets! This has been a fun and challenging project so far and here are the beginnings of it. :)

1.) We started with a slab of leather that is to eventually be the bucket. It is marked on the side where the holes will be punctured.

2.) Next, we punctured the holes so the sides could be stitched using a saddle stitch to make the seam.

3.) Right before the stitching started, Paul (one of the class instructors) predicted that some of us would break the needles while stitching (by pulling too hard with a pair of pliers). And...I ended up breaking a needle right away.

Epic fail...

4.) But I was able to start again with another needle, and this time successfully completed my stitching.

5.) After stitching what would be the side seam, the leather had to soak for a while...

6.) Then it was taken out and put into a mould that would shape it into its bucket shape (I had to hammer in the mould with a heavy "Thor" hammer, which was loads of fun).

That's it for now, folks. I will return with more progress on the bucket and another real blogpost. Also some news...

A hint at one of my newest projects...


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