Trugs, Hoops and Poles

For your education and enjoyment, here are three short films of woodland crafts from British Pathe, a huge library of vintage films:

This short English video shows the making of trugs.  I love the shot of the steam box.  What on earth is the thing made out of?

More steaming, this time ash walking sticks in a huge vat of hot, damp sand. 

From 1939, this fellow makes 500 hoops for wooden barrels each day. His shaving break and splitting break are really cool.

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Norman L Beckett
2 years ago

The steam box is made from drainage tile covered in cement/plaster. Just look at the bell mouth at the joint line where they have joined two tiles.

2 years ago

Surely everyone builds their steam boxes from chicken wire and cement?

2 years ago
Reply to  St.J

Looks like clay drain pipes (wrapped in chicken wire and ?).

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