We have an old Dazey butter churn. The thing must be near 100 years old. I got it from my mother but it isn't an ancestral churn -- my ancestors used dasher churns.
We've used, quite actively, this churn for years now. The top "works" of it were just riveted onto the top and turning it hundreds of times for each pound of butter creates some stresses at those attachments. Even before we started using it, stress cracks were developing and after years of our use, I was getting concerned about them.
Thankfully one of our good friends is a metallurgist. Now, ages ago when MadCap put together a virtual community of homesteaders, people offered up "skills" like "cook" and "networker" and "counselor". Let me tell you now, if you are not able to cook, network a couple computers together, or counsel a friend to not be stupid then there is no hope for you. Skills are more real, more concrete, and more rare than that. Like looking at an ancient butter churn and knowing what to do to fix it. Although in the end, if it came down to it and we didn't have this friend, we would have had to figure it out ourselves.
After coming out here and sipping some excellent Irish Whiskey and playing some music and solving the world's problems with us, our friend took the churn top home with him. He took it apart, analyzed it, and fixed it for us. Turns out the shaft was crooked so he straightened it. There were lots of jokes about this. There was a pin that was about worn in two so he replaced that. And where the top was cracking, he reinforced it on both sides with copper washers, soldered it with tin, and replaced the rivets with a small bolt and an elastic threaded nut that won't work loose. New meets old, modern meets ancient, useful meets useful.
Dazey w/ butter
Originally uploaded by Contrary Goddess.
He returned the churn to us before we were out of fresh butter. Thanks friend.