by Pechonkin
found in Arkhangelsk, in 1988



SHOULDER YOKE

dimensions: 15x92x8 cm
weight: 4 kg
—  So, you put this on your shoulders, but, well, to start you choose a piece of aspen that is a bit wider than your shoulders, and then you cut it out with an axe or a chisel. You choose a piece that’s going to rest well on your shoulders, like this here. Basically, aspen lasts a long time. You can carry water in the damp, if you get caught in the rain, it blackens and that’s all. It’s made from aspen poles, from the allotment, fence poles, well, in the main, stakes, and the studs are willow. The old folks say that the allotment has been here for fifty years. I’ve seen that there are lots of water carriers here. Y’know, a bucket on your shoulders, carried on your shoulders. It’s more convenient than that, by the way. You go along, and water splashes everywhere. But here you hold onto the steel wire, some people make small chains, kapron cord. If you’re rich.

Pechonkin
from Arkhangelsk
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