|By proclamation of a passing neighbor,|
"That is really pretty. It looks beautiful!"
The remaining finish work after arranging the staves is the application of the barrel straps. It was a month-long search last summer for the best material. None of the lumber/big-box stores could help us with anything other than narrow plastic-type stuff used for strapping lumber. Strong, yes, but it would deteriorate in the sunlight (why am I worried about that?). Fastening the ends together would also be a problem.
Then one wildly adventuresome worker at our near-by lumber yard suggested galvanized steel strap. And my engineer husband* showed me how a hose clamp could be used to fasten it round the barrel.
|Hose clamp cut and positioned|
*Engineer husband has also designed an "anatomical pressure-relief valve." To see a pink picture of it you'll have to email, and I send it to you direct.