Mark S. Harris
marksharris at austin.rr.com
Wed May 6 01:32:09 PDT 2009
Selene C. asked:
<<< Where can one learn cooperage these days? We could make a proper
proper materials. Which, of course, brings the topic back around to
historical containers, whether for food or for people. :-) >>>
coopering-msg (50K) 7/13/06 Making and maintaining barrels
In the CRAFTS section of the Florilegium.
I think I mention a very good book I got on coopering in there.
Okay, Let me pull up my book database... Oh! I've got more books on
this than I thought.
"The Cooper and His Trade"
This was the one I was thinking of first.
"How to Make a Coopered Wooden Bucket: A Beginner's Guide with
Detailed Instructions and Illustrations"
Gaster, James D.
WinePress Publishing WA
"Village Cooper (Shire Album, No 28)"
I had ideas of making wooden casks and buckets for use at events
instead of plastic ones. However, reading the first book quickly got
rid of any delusions I had of being able to do that. At least for
barrels the staves have to be carved to curve in all three dimensions
simultaneously. In addition, the wood for these needs to be radially
split from a log, not cut with a saw. So I had no source of good
However, for a large tub, the staves probably can be done with only a
simple curve and a large radius at that. And maybe the use of a lot
of sealant. :-)
Can I come soak in your hot tub when you finish it? Sigh.
Mark S. Harris
Electronics Engineer, Board and Systems Design
MarkSHarris at austin.rr.com
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