Flattened iron in long thin strips used for binding together the staves of casks or tubs.
- The package was then tied with a piece of ‘hoop iron’ and prepared for burial.
- Yes, some of the convicts were smart enough to make a saw out of the hoop iron on their toilet bucket, and they were able to cut through wood quite easily with their home-made saws.
- Pasley was credited with resolving the debate between the two over the effectiveness of hoop iron in reinforcing the test beams; he concurred with Brunel that the material greatly increased strength.
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