Historic Woodworker Videos #10: A Tear for the Cooper Trade

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I have created another woodworking tribute video. This is a melodramatic tribute to the handcrafted wooden barrel-making trade in southern England; and a fictional story of its end with its lost skills to be replaced with manufacturing of steel containers. So shed a tear for this fading trade. It can be found at

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#1 posted 697 days ago

thanks for the story :-)


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#2 posted 697 days ago

You should be on the discovery channel my friend. You’re an awesome historian. Thnx for your posts, and vids

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 697 days ago

Nicely done Tom. Thanks for sharing.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 697 days ago

Well that story depressed the hell out of me….

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 697 days ago

I really enjoyed this tale about coopering, but perhaps the barrel contents would´╗┐ have been beer (or Scotch in Scotland) for there was little wine brewed in England in the period shown, and pubs would rarely have served wine rather than beer or ale to working men. Certainly, the picture at 0.44 appears to be of people picking hops rather than grapes. Still, it doesn’t really matter to the story. BTW, the county is WilTshire.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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