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.


  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.

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

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