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Making The Barrel Beautiful

 
                              
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Good morning folks - I haven't seen anything specific to this topic so I thought I'd start a new thread 

Does anyone have any pictures of different things folks have done to their barrels to 'tart them up'?  I managed to borrow a copy of the RMH book for the moment - (waiting for payday to buy one) but I couldn't see much of a reference for the barrel apart from folks have also made them out of hot water tanks, brick, steel barrels of course and cob.

Any how ... I came across this last night - Called a stove pipe sham. 

http://www.woodmanspartsplus.com/4940/160124/Stove-Pipe-Black/Stove-Pipe-Shams.html


Wondered if anyone had done something similar for their barrel?
 
                              
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Another question - from the book it mentions using hot water tanks as an alternative to steel drums.  This doesn't mean the copper water tanks found in some homes does it?
 
                                  
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I've never seen those before but they are really pretty.  I don't think they are wide enough for the barrel but it is inpiring.  I was trying to think of ways to make it pretty too.  I haven't built mine yet but I imagine if one were any good with a welder you could spruce it up quite nicely.
 
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