Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Yokes

Some time ago I did some research into yokes - the wooden ones that dairy maids used to carry two pails of milk. This resulted in a very kind guy called Bob Field giving me this nice, old one.


The chain is beautifully made - each link is welded and has a subtle twist so it won't tangle.

Anyway I made one from sycamore, turning the arms on the lathe then carving the shoulder part with axe, adze, drawknife and gouge.


Unfortunately I could never find anything to compare with the chains on the old one so the project ground to a halt.

Anyone got any ideas for an elegant, contemporary solution? I'd like to make more as I think they'd be useful specially if there's a hosepipe ban or for watering the veg in your allotment.

2 comments:

Fenlander said...

Many thanks for the link Robin. It is good that you have learned how to do them. Did you know Will was 50 last week? ;>)

Andy Coates said...

Hello Robin,

it was good to meet you today, and i'm glad you gave the blog address. I'm up-to-date now, having read through the whole of your archive! It's a great Blog, and very interesting. I'll be calling back on a regular basis to see how you're getting on.

I'll post links to yours and RW's on mine.
Happy turning.

Andy