Self-Sufficiency Series

Monday, November 21, 2011

Keeping a tradition alive

Here's a fascinating article on the ancient art of coopering (barrel making). I found it intriguing not only because I have an interest in old skills, but also because the technique we use for making our tankards uses a modified, simpler barrel-staving technique. So coopering has always caught my interest.


This article discusses how the skill and art of coopering has been passed from father to son through many generations. What a pleasure it was to read about an ancient skill which has not yet died out.

3 comments:

  1. There's a barrel factory/cooperage about 35 miles from me-I've never been in it, but have driven past it quite a few times. They make barrels for all the local distilleries. They must use steam to form the barrels,because the place has a huge boiler.I'm not sure how much of the process is done by hand, though.

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  2. Great post! I'm going to visit the link as well.

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  3. Cue music.."Roll out the barrel...." Good story.

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