Mudcat Café message #3720794 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #122109   Message #3720794
Posted By: EBarnacle
03-Jul-15 - 12:54 PM
Thread Name: Tech: Q for ancient order of bucket menders.
Subject: RE: Tech: Q for ancient order of bucket menders.
In the era the song was created, the real bucket repair would have been to replace the ill-fitting stave, preferable with a new, dry oaken stave. This would absorb water and seal itself into place. Using this approach, over time eventually the whole bucket would be replaced but still be the same bucket.

I've got my grandpa's ax. It's had several new handles and a couple of new heads but it's still grandpa's ax.