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AUSSIE COOPER EXPLAINS HIS CRAFT

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wolfy:
I just finished watching 52.5 minutes of an old 5th generation Australian cooper explaining & demonstrating his craft.  I found it very interesting and well done.....well worth watching! :thumbsup:

madmax:
Not only do I like his accent, but his skill blows me away.  And he makes it look easy.

wolfy:
I wonder where an aspiring cooper would go to look for all those specialty planes & tools.....even those straight-peen hammers are scarce as hen's teeth. :-\

wsdstan:
What an interesting video.  As always, a pro makes the task look quite easy.  As Max says "Great accent" and as I watched it with closed captions on the CC writing got a bit confused a few of his words. 

Watching this and getting a bit of the history of the craft in the days of the big brewers using wooden casks and so forth it is well worth the time as you see how the barrel is assembled and why.  He is very good at showing the techniques.

The tools, especially the groove cutters and some of the specialty planes would be very hard to find.  The hammers too, but they could be made easier that the planes. 

Here is a video of how a modern cooperage assembles barrels. 

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--- Quote from: wolfy on October 06, 2019, 03:54:01 PM ---I wonder where an aspiring cooper would go to look for all those specialty planes & tools.....even those straight-peen hammers are scarce as hen's teeth. :-\

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why not go to the source?  The forge. A nice milk bucket and churn would make for a tasty start.

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