My next full time project is to learn how to cooper, first things I intend doing is making most of the tools and equipment to do the jobs.
Pictured here is my first handmade tool, A Croze, the body is made from English oak, the tool rest/guide in apple and the hand knobs are from Hornbeam.
The blade is handmade in house from 5.00×15.00mm gauge plate, hardened and tempered as all of my blades, the blade is in the ear and clear design fitted to some of the Preston hand routers of old.
The blades sits snugly into the apple guide and held secure with a hand turned 5.00mm thick bronze washer and wing nut.
As I progress through each stage aided by a freind and professional cooper I will reveal all so others can have a go themselves.
My first coopered item will be a Co. Mayo style dash butter churn as seen being made on the film, Cavan Cooper, on the RTE Hands label, filmed back in the early 80’ s.
The sketch below shows a typical diagram of barrel stave, the tool I have just made cuts the square sided slot fot the lid to sit inside creating a water tight seal.