This is a good simple pump but I am not sure how much lift you can get from it.
If you have the time and patients you can make a much improved pump by using a large stainless nipple and leather pump cup in place of the wood only piston he used.
You know those rubber balls you get from vending machines for kids?
A couple of those can make some good check valves.
In the USA you have those Pensilvania Dutch.
Up in Canada we have a few groups of people called Menonites and Hutterites.
All three groups follow similar cultural rules about rejecting technology, communal living, and the local fabrication and repair of all things.....
They make stuff that works for their lifestyle and if you want to learn to about simple living and simple machines they are the folks to watch....
I also want to share what I think is about the most fascinating pump ever made the Humphrey pump.
On a wood gasser would really appreciate how clever it is..
Here is a very good read on the subject.