Her eye lighting on a gourdful of water on the puncheon table, she tore a strip from her dress and washed and bound me deftly.
This was called rolling-up a house, and the house was called a puncheon and bark house.
Prop the puncheon up in front of a fire which has a good back-log and plenty of hot coals to send out heat (Fig. 146).
Fig. 277 shows a fireplace with a puncheon support for a plank mantel.
I preached it over several times in the granary with only Paddy, sitting immovably on a puncheon, for audience.
C is the puncheon supporting the mantel and D is the mantel.
An hour later we came upon a small log cabin, having a roof of spruce bark, no floor, but a puncheon door and one window.
On the puncheon floor between them stretched the woman's husband.
They had puncheon floors and chimneys built of sticks and clay.
"We used to eat off a puncheon when we first came to these parts," said Mr. Lincoln.
"barrel or cask for soap or liquor; iron vessel," c.1400, from Old French ponchon, ponson "wine vessel" (13c.), of unknown origin. Uncertain connection with puncheon "slab of timber, strut, wooden beam used as a support in building" (mid-14c.). Punch (n.2) in the drink sense is too late to be the source of the "cask" sense.
"pointed tool for punching or piercing" used by masons, also "die for coining or seal-making," mid-14c.; see punch (n.1). Meaning "stamp, die" is from c.1500, a specialized use.