When I was little it was used for putting stuff in out of the garden. Corn especially. Also for washing tomatoes and stuff before canning. Green beans before they were hulled.
I remember sitting outside with a big wash tub full of beans and everyone had a bowl to put the snapped beans or peas in. There was usually a whole group of people and they had a ball talking and teasing while getting the beans ready for canning.
I don’t know where she got the square ones. I know she wanted them cause she said they were like ones her grandma (I think…might have been her momma) had used when she was little.
We painted them and used them for holding drinks for my outdoor wedding a few years back.
We still have them. They could be used as planters or something now. We will do something with them eventually.
I have no idea where she got the driftwood. She liked it because it was shaped like a man. We still have it too.