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.