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Cooperage

Postby AlexanderTheLate » Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:52 am

I do not know if this fits as a 'Green-wood' trade, but it uses many similar techniques and tools ans most 'green-wood crafts' so thought I would post this. Coppery is a fascinating thing isn't it? My father (age 70) remembers growing up in the outposts, there were groups of men (often in one family, passing the skills on father-to-son) who were full time coopers, making barrels for exporting salt fish. sadly, that time has passed, no one down that way still does it (though I would be willing to bet there are a few old fellows who remember how it was done). Sorry for the digression, here are some videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w7Fbn6QKuM
Very informative about the tools and history, particularly like the dialectal names on the tools.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtK_Cax3bzo

Clicking it up a tad here,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMDKlblsPco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2KJbRHO76s
Shows how he laid out the staves, also a fascinating video, though not traditional coppery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&featu ... Tb2zVpQGg4
This man has my respect! A true craftsman.

http://www.britishpathe.com/video/barre ... initiating
The initiation must be hard on the ears...

I wish I could learn this skill, it has always fascinated me, though apart from the scarcity of training opportunitys, I think the tools involved would be impossible to find. :( There is probably plenty out there, considering the amount of barrels sent out of Newfoundland over the past three hundred years, but they are probably collecting dust in some one's basement.
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Re: Cooperage

Postby ToneWood » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:07 pm

The last Master Cooper in England, Alastair Simms is/was looking for an apprentice:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink ... aking.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7819254.stm
http://www.barrelsrus.co.uk/ <-- youtube video too

WADWORTH & CO Ltd
Northgate Brewery
Devizes, Wiltshire
SN10 1JW

Telephone: 01380 732270
Fax: 01380 724342
Email=cooper@wadworth.co.uk=

Beer in oak barrels, delivered by shire horses - :)
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Re: Cooperage

Postby AlexanderTheLate » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:21 am

I have started learning more about this, though I need to make some tools yet. Just posting this on the off chance that someone might know something. I need some details on how the Cooper's Jointer was used. I know the basic idea, and how to make one, but the finer points of how to joint a stave on it is still a bit foggy: No one has posted much about it on the internet, that I could find, and the local library is hopeless (the local library is hopeless even if you were looking for a more mundane subject...). :)
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Re: Cooperage

Postby Davie Crockett » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:17 pm

Alexander wrote:
I have started learning more about this, though I need to make some tools yet. Just posting this on the off chance that someone might know something. I need some details on how the Cooper's Jointer was used. I know the basic idea, and how to make one, but the finer points of how to joint a stave on it is still a bit foggy: No one has posted much about it on the internet, that I could find, and the local library is hopeless (the local library is hopeless even if you were looking for a more mundane subject...).


I've seen one used on one of the 1923 Swedish archive films (The guy was making a wooden pail). I'll have a look for the link.

Here it is: http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/98754/laggade-trakarl-tillverkas-i-bollebygd-utan-ljud-1923 Skip to 3:03 for the jointer in use.
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Re: Cooperage

Postby AlexanderTheLate » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:18 pm

Wow, thanks, that was a very good video, I'll have to watch it a few times. He went through the process better then most have. I was looking for more about gauges (Alex Stewart mentioned a gauge he used, but did not say much about it) to help joint the bevels accurately, most people say it was done by eye, but I do not believe that, the precision needed is a bit much to do by pure judgement, I think. :)
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Re: Cooperage

Postby Davie Crockett » Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:02 pm

Here's another Video of the Jointer in use:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlMg1VN9QAQ

He uses a hinged bevel gauge Which has the various diameters marked on it so you can adjust the angles if necessary.
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Re: Cooperage

Postby AlexanderTheLate » Sun Apr 28, 2013 2:15 pm

Thank you very much. :D
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Re: Cooperage

Postby Master Webbe » Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:06 pm

Has anyone developed these skill yet? I'm a member of a reenactment group and they are putting together an order from a Polish maker but surely we have someone in this country who can do it. Any recommendations would be very welcome. http://www.gambeson.pl/medieval-on-line ... pment.html Alternatively, if there is someone out there who would like to do a period impression of a cooper that would be even better.
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