Making an ancient bucket MaFe #11: The binding (back in business or solving the Gothic knot)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-24-2011 09:44 PM 3685 reads 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The binding
back in business or solving the Gothic knot!

Ok Mike, I’m back, was actually afraid the willow would be useless now, but I put them in a bag of water, and they even started to make roots…

Hmmmm, øhhhhhh, baaaaa.

Someone help me!!!

Ok, if I close my eyes and try really hard…

First take a knife and divide the willow branch in two.
It might sound easy but it takes concentration, and that you take full control of the knife.

Take the branch and bend it around a round piece of wood.

Tighten and run it forwards and backwards until you feel the fibers are really soft so it will bend easy around the bucket. (If your binding branch is not all fresh leave it in water over night before doing this – I had to…).

It will look like this.

A long cut to make it a wedge shape.
(I know it’s not fine that a knife maker uses a simple Stanley knife sorry).

Like this!

Clean it up.

Make a cut app. half way through.


Make a cut that goes up to the cross cut in a wedge shape.

You might need to deepen the cross cut on one this side.

Like this, now we have a hook.
(And a little more…)

Here it’s clear to see!

Now cut of some material in the side where you made the hook.

Like so.

Make one just the same in the other end, only the hook needs to turn the other direction, so they will lock.


And from the back.

Hook and hook.

And a photo of the page I looked at from the wonderful Russian book.

Ok, I’m not sure it was all that fun for Caroline, but she did manage to get some work done, and it was actually her taking the pictures, so I could use both hands. Thank you my sweet Caro.

I’ll see tomorrow my dear Mike if I can finish those bindings!

Hope this can help others solve that Gothic knot!

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 09:48 PM

A lot of these buckets are German/Austrian in origin, very simple but clever design.I like your post well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 09:58 PM

Very impressive Mads. That’s what I like about your posts, I always learn something. :-)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 09:58 PM

What fun.
Thank you both for the photographic treat on a rainy afternoon.

Enjoying the ride,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 10:06 PM

great to see you and Caroline enjoy the easter sun :-)
thank´s for sharing the moment Mads
and yeas its not funny when its banging tooo hard inside the thick skull
watch out it can give a big headeache to think too hard …. LOL
great picturebook again Mads thank´s
looking forward to see the next one :-)

take care all of you :-)
Silke and Dennis

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 10:08 PM

It looks like a challenge. I can’t wit to see the finish bucket! I’m sure it will be a beauty!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 10:08 PM

Now it’s very clear – thanks. I am still catching up…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 10:10 PM

a great blog – thanks to the teamwork :)

isn’t it amazing that the willow will still grow.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 10:11 PM

That bucket begins to look like a finish bucket soon.

Looking forward to see it all done and well done :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 10:14 PM

i thought maybe
you were going to ask harry potter
for help

but caroline is far better


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 04-24-2011 10:48 PM

Great explanation.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 04-24-2011 11:05 PM

Yep, that’s quite a step-by-step review :) Thanks for the good karma :)
@ Caro: beau bronzage ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#12 posted 04-25-2011 02:02 AM

I hate to say this Mads but I really like the orange binding compared to the green :-) :-)

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 04-25-2011 06:05 AM

I need few more years to understand that knot.

mes compliments au photographe.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 04-25-2011 01:34 PM

Hi ho, hi ho,
Ian, then you will look like me on the first picture. Merci!
Trevor, me too! I love that orange color. I am planning to use the green, but in time it should turn dark brown, almost black and this is the contrast I was thinking to use.
Thomas, a picture says more than 1000 words – 22 pictures and a lot of text should explain a knot… Et le pastis, vers 17hOO, sous le soleil danois, a un gout bien special… Mads et moi en avons bien profite: see you.
Jamie, ;-)
Patron, I do see a bit of Harry in my glasses, and yes Caro is fare better.
Napoleon, yes soon there is a bucket (I hope…).
Debbie, yes this willow is amazing, I took it so long ago and yet just some water and it wants to grow.
Steve, glad I can help you, but you might still look twice when it’s your turn.
Jim, I still have doubt about my choice of the binding, to use them with the bark, but I will stick to it and see when it dry, if not happy, I will make new where I peal of the bark fist.
Dennis, sunshine, cold drinks, easter kisses, no headeche, pure smile.
SPalm, ahhh yes no rain here, sorry if we send it to you ,-) life is sweet even in the rain.
Andy, so nice to see you! I still live high on our last meeting it was such a wonderful evening, and I still try to digest the fact it was your birthday.
Alistair, this is interesting since our travel in the hisytory of the buckets has soon been all over the world. Even Russia. Do you have some written history on this, I would be happy to read it.
All of you, thank you for the warm words, they makes me smile here in the easter sun.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 04-25-2011 07:28 PM

Just updated with ‘how to make the binding flexible’.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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