Traditional personalised Buckby cans
Buckby cans, named after a Northamptonshire village, were traditionally used on the working narrowboats to carry drinking water. Today’s leisure narrowboats have a large water tank onboard, so there is no need for a Buckby can to carry water. Now, water comes through the taps, but you do have to remember to fill the tank! Today’s Buckby cans make a lovely decorative item and are a reminder of our canal heritage and also the families who lived hard lives on the boats.
The cans come in a range of different sizes. I usually have some mini Buckby cans in stock – these hold about 2 pints (just over a litre) of liquid and stand 26cm high, with the handle up. They are the perfect size for inside a boat or a house. I decorate with roses and daisies, and of course you can also have these cans personalised (included in the price). However, due to their size please remember that space is limited! Prices begin at £45 for a 2 pint can plus postage.
I am also happy to paint larger Buckby cans, usually the largest one holds 3 gallons of liquid. I do have to order the ‘raw’ can, so please bear this in mind when ordering. As with all my painting I undercoat, top coat and then decorate. I finish with clear varnish. You can leave Bucbky cans outside, however please remember that sunshine, rain and wind will eventually weather the paint away.