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Thread #122109   Message #2675655
Posted By: Mysha
09-Jul-09 - 09:36 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Q for ancient order of bucket menders.
Subject: RE: Tech: Q for ancient order of bucket menders.
Hi,

The German versions speak of straw, not a straw. The reason to use straw is that it will follow the shape of the hole, where rigid materials wouldn't, and it then absorbs water to fill available space. The German also has Beil, which could be an axe, but could equally well be a hatchet. Any tool with a wooden handle and a blade, used for cutting by hitting force would probably be a Beil.

I'm not so sure the solutions were intended as silly, in a time when cost of material still gave objects value.

                                                                                                                                                          Mysha