The Sap Bucket" is part of the Spring Fever collection…
Soon maple syrup is will harvested in Canada, mostly in Quebec, but parts of Ontario too… we in fact provide most of the worlds supply…this is one of my collection of antique sap buckets, which are fast becoming a rarity…
I love the patina, the dents, the rust that tell of long ago sugaring off sessions in the month of March…the sunlit bucket tells us the sap is rising… the leaf on the chain tells another story…Toronto, Ontario, Canada…
Watercolour on Saunders Waterford Rough paper…
coming to the farm in March
in sugaring time, as a small boy.
He carried the pails of sap, sixteen-quart
buckets, dangling from each end
of a wooden yoke
that lay across his shoulders, and emptied them
into a vat in the saphouse
where fire burned day and night
for a week. excerpt Maple Syrup by Donald Hall..