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Coopering a 36 gallon beer barrel with hand tools.

  • čas přidán 27. 06. 2021
  • I am a practicing traditional cooper who makes barrels, buckets, washtubs, and butter churns by hand. I use mostly traditional skills and handtools to build round, conical wooden vessels for history museums, national parks, and collectors.
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Komentáře • 261

  • @Cowne8
    @Cowne8 Před 2 lety +80

    Love your work, Marshall! It’s a beautiful thing to see a master craftsman work

    • @greggtralle8730
      @greggtralle8730 Před 2 lety +4

      Indeed beautiful to see such craftsmanship and art

  • @PastaAivo
    @PastaAivo Před 11 měsíci +24

    Even with only manual tools, he makes this look so easy. I feel like an incredible amount of practice must have gone into the work. Nice to see techniques like this still being used and it's crazy to think this is how it was done for the longest of times.

    • @wazaagbreak-head6039
      @wazaagbreak-head6039 Před 11 měsíci

      Easier than you might think when your wood is perfectly straight grain

  • @ued_general5805
    @ued_general5805 Před rokem +9

    This video is great!
    Trying to start my own small time cooperage using hand tools like yourself. Your broad axe work was quite impressive. Did you make your own construction hoops or have them made using a mandrel? They are very thick!
    Keep up the great work!

  • @virginiacouto5195
    @virginiacouto5195 Před 9 měsíci +4

    My father is also a cooper. I would spend hours watching you work on this beautiful art. I love the art of cooperage!

  • @hugodesrosiers-plaisance3156
    @hugodesrosiers-plaisance3156 Před 11 měsíci +2

    I am an amateur woodworker and gradually building a portfolio with the intention of making a side-job of it. Your craft is seriously impressive and I am in awe of your skills with an axe. I learned a few things for my own craft just by watching this one video. Subscribed!

  • @faithdenelzen8808
    @faithdenelzen8808 Před 11 měsíci +4

    Awesome seeing traditional tools and methods being used to create these
    Great job 👏

  • @eficio4225
    @eficio4225 Před 10 měsíci +2

    It's beautiful to see handcraft still being practiced. Curious, where do you source the metal strips?

  • @chippysteve4524
    @chippysteve4524 Před 11 měsíci +1

    Beautiful craftsmanship and great specialist tools.
    A joy to watch!

  • @chrisnewby5713
    @chrisnewby5713 Před 10 měsíci +1

    This is truly incredible. What a craftsman, keep this tradition alive I love to see it

  • @BrianRust89
    @BrianRust89 Před rokem +4

    Absolutely wonderful man! I hope to see some new videos from you soon!

  • @purpleom9649
    @purpleom9649 Před 10 měsíci

    As a hand tool woodworker I'm just in awe watching you work, just fantastic

  • @jessicadwyer3611
    @jessicadwyer3611 Před měsícem

    a master at work, so inspired to see the process. thanks for sharing!

  • @inarord8169
    @inarord8169 Před 11 měsíci +4

    Amazing work. My grandmother told me that her father was a barrel maker from father to son, and in his old age, when he could no longer see, he said that he could make a barrel just by chopping wood with an ax and touching the wood with his hand. I still have some of his tools at home, tools made by hand by the blacksmith.

    • @jamestowncooperage
      @jamestowncooperage  Před 11 měsíci +1

      Thank you for sharing. I believe this. Much of my work is by sight, of course. But, I've been doing it by hand for so long I've come to depend on the tactile and auditory feedback from the process almost as much as visual. If I was going blind, slowly, my other senses would definitely compensate.

  • @robertwhite4831
    @robertwhite4831 Před 6 měsíci

    One of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen! Not the end result, though that’s beautiful too but the “process” it was beautiful to watch! It saddens me to think how rare this skill is. I’m a professional wood worker myself but my hand too skills couldn’t hold a candle to yours! I honestly feel privileged to have seen you work, thank you for sharing. If only I lived near you, I’d offer you my humble assistance for free

  • @joeharstad9714
    @joeharstad9714 Před 11 měsíci

    This was absolutely fantastic to watch, I can see that this is much more than work for you!!

  • @griffhawkins8909
    @griffhawkins8909 Před 11 měsíci

    Absolutely fantastic work. You can really see the quality, because after all, the oak boards were cured and shaped by Josiah's cousin Joshua, who was a cooper and not a hooper.

  • @001photo
    @001photo Před rokem +5

    I really enjoyed this video. The process is interesting and the tools are awesome!

  • @lynxg4641
    @lynxg4641 Před 7 měsíci +3

    Just came across this video by chance looking for another I'd seen years ago, what a happy accident. So very thankful for someone like you keeping the old trades/ways alive, thank you for sharing this in depth look at a master craftsman doing his job, could have been even more in depth/longer and I'd have watched it all.

  • @Thomas-lu4pg
    @Thomas-lu4pg Před 11 měsíci

    I work in a whiskey barrel factory and seeing this man do all this by hand is so amazing considering we have machines doing half of the work for us

  • @user-ks3dl7ee5q
    @user-ks3dl7ee5q Před 3 měsíci

    Вот это мастерство -браво !!!

  • @tolbaszy8067
    @tolbaszy8067 Před 6 měsíci

    Superb! Camera work and lighting are perfect. Narration is just right. Thanks for sharing these wonderful skills!

  • @jonespedros
    @jonespedros Před 2 měsíci

    No gloves and no cuts. Very impressive, my good sir. A true master of the craft. Godspeed!

  • @pter0_dactyl
    @pter0_dactyl Před 11 měsíci +16

    Thanks for making the time to create this video! Your dedication to the craft is obvious and appreciated. Thanks for the raw audio of the bangs, scrapes, and thuds as opposed to playing generic rock music - I loved hearing the sounds of your shop! Cheers!

  • @walden6272
    @walden6272 Před 11 měsíci

    Love traditional craftsmanship. These types of knowledge should not be lost.

  • @bandrathy
    @bandrathy Před 11 měsíci

    This is so cool. Shows how much work went into this back in the day

  • @mhannan6328
    @mhannan6328 Před 11 měsíci +2

    Wow! Why isn't this a million view video?
    Masterful work, excellent video and audio that helps to tell the whole story.
    Thank you

  • @Farlig66
    @Farlig66 Před rokem +6

    Fantastic skills, lovely carftsmanship!
    My Grandfather was a cooper to trade before the war (WWII) but during the war he was drafted into telecoms and worked the rest of his career for the UK GPO (General Post Office) - nice to see what his skills would have entailed.

    • @Momo_Kawashima
      @Momo_Kawashima Před rokem

      Well, alcohol and letters are the two best forms of communication after all

    • @Farlig66
      @Farlig66 Před rokem +1

      ​@@jamestowncooperage Pretty sure the barrels he made were for use in the fishing industry as he was from Shetland (my Grandmother was a fish filleter too). Dunno whether they were used for the salting of fish or fish storage though, could have been a number of different uses back in those days. Shetland's not known for breweries or distilleries though :)

  • @samiam7
    @samiam7 Před 11 měsíci

    Fascinating to watch. I would love to be able to make these!

  • @sheikhkhalid5969
    @sheikhkhalid5969 Před 7 měsíci

    Beautiful barrel, and very prescious skill set.

  • @yoman2854
    @yoman2854 Před rokem +2

    I have a few years woodworking experience including green-woodworking, but never done coopering how long do you think it would take to be able to make a water tight cask? I guess I can start with pales and dry casks first so it's less daunting. I heard it can take 2 years of apprenticeship to make a water tight barell but not sure if that a fixed rule. I'm quite a fast learner and done a lot of making things.

  • @sooszoltan1507
    @sooszoltan1507 Před 3 měsíci

    Wonderfull work! Congratulations!

  • @oldschooljack3479
    @oldschooljack3479 Před 11 měsíci

    It's fascinating to watch. Even more so when you begin to understand the design behind the barrel's shape.

  • @dantirk4560
    @dantirk4560 Před 7 měsíci

    My parents are from Romania so I was very happy when I heard the language. Your skill and level of finish is impressive, thank you for the video and all your hard work! 🇺🇸🕊🇷🇴

  • @inkpenproductions3373
    @inkpenproductions3373 Před 11 měsíci +1

    Of all the tools, the draw knife is my favorite to use. beautiful work sir.

  • @vincentciliberti5026
    @vincentciliberti5026 Před 7 měsíci

    Am speechless. Things that we take for granted involve a lot of hard work, craftsmanship and most of all tools which we no longer see nowadays.

  • @jamesspinks716
    @jamesspinks716 Před rokem +3

    A well made barrel is a beautiful thing.

  • @fernandoclares7943
    @fernandoclares7943 Před 11 měsíci

    Un auténtico artesano y todo hecho a mano , desde España mis más cordiales felicitaciones

  • @kdtrimble
    @kdtrimble Před 10 měsíci

    Amazing skills. We have to keep all of these traditional arts and craftsmanship alive. Some day we will depend on them.

  • @adelheidsnel5171
    @adelheidsnel5171 Před 7 měsíci

    I have NEVER EVER seen someone hewing so accurately by hand😮❤ you’ve got yourself a dedicated new subscriber

  • @Sturmknecht
    @Sturmknecht Před 10 měsíci

    Wow, the precision with axe, adze and drawknife is simply unbelievable.

  • @vinisemminecraf
    @vinisemminecraf Před 6 měsíci

    Amazing. Absolutely beautiful.

  • @NathanHarrison7
    @NathanHarrison7 Před 11 měsíci

    Wow! Super cool craftsmanship. Lots of work! Subscribed.

  • @larsfrandsen2501
    @larsfrandsen2501 Před 11 měsíci +22

    Completely awe inspiring! My 98-year-old father was trained as a cabinet maker using some of these tools. I have my grand father’s broad axe. The ‘simpler’ the tool, the more skill you need.

    • @Norm475
      @Norm475 Před 11 měsíci +3

      You are so right. I am eighty years old and when I was a young lad my grandfather would make me wooden cars, wheelbarrows, etc. with only hand tools. He was also an artist who would paint large murals in his home. His primary trade was a harness maker.

  • @rw2452
    @rw2452 Před 11 měsíci +2

    I'm not familiar with wood working, but I didn't know they use car break pads to svrape the rim of a barrel. Very innovative.

    • @TraditionalCooperage
      @TraditionalCooperage Před 5 dny

      I believe you’re referring the Chiv/Howel, which prepares the staves to receive the Croze (groove), which holds the head in place.

  • @barongerhardt
    @barongerhardt Před 11 měsíci

    Stunning! It make me think, back in the day it was so obvious how much effort went into basic things. Now days everything seems so disconnected.

  • @Gus0046
    @Gus0046 Před rokem

    Gran trabajo 👏👏👍

  • @root7875
    @root7875 Před rokem +1

    Приятно смотреть как работает настоящий профессионал, спасибо!

  • @Yaivenov
    @Yaivenov Před 11 měsíci +1

    Would an exterior preservative coating like boiled linseed oil, wax, or pine tar negatively affect the contents during aging?

  • @creativeworldchannel198
    @creativeworldchannel198 Před rokem +2

    amazing work not like any other channels who use sophisticated power tools to craft their work. Imagine having worldwide blackout permanently and they need to make stuff. You are the only person i have to go to
    you just have pure talent without using technology

    • @telmodesouzapires1871
      @telmodesouzapires1871 Před 11 měsíci

      Muito interessante este trabalho, acredito que as próximas gerações não saberão como fazer ,parabéns !!

  • @christopherwelford8401
    @christopherwelford8401 Před 11 měsíci +2

    Brilliant. I watched part of another "handmade" compering process, some company making bourbon barrels and everyone waxing lyrical, it had so many processes that used machines it was hardly handmade and people didn't seem to get my point.

  • @juliosantos9289
    @juliosantos9289 Před 10 měsíci

    I never get tired of watching masters of their trade.

  • @johnveglio4433
    @johnveglio4433 Před 7 měsíci

    Beautiful job !! Those draw knives are so sharp, one slip and you could loose an arm !!!😮😮😮

  • @mrmeestah6177
    @mrmeestah6177 Před 11 měsíci

    something very soothing about the creak crackle and scraping of woodworking by hand. Excellent stuff

  • @HeavyOpera1
    @HeavyOpera1 Před 6 měsíci

    Well, I’m the first 30 seconds it’s clear that he can hatchet a board much straighter than I can rip with a handsaw! Very impressive.

  • @robertlunsford1350
    @robertlunsford1350 Před 5 měsíci

    Draw knife is so sharp it leaves a sheen on the wood like a plane. I am fairly certain I have the sun plane you were using for the original bevel on the head of the cask. As heavy as it is, I believe it is lignum vitae. Unfortunately, it is missing the iron and wedge.

  • @rafaelarcanjo1830
    @rafaelarcanjo1830 Před 9 měsíci

    A tecnologia veio pra tirar as Atividades de verdadeiros Artistas em manuseio de Madeiras.
    Mas aínda não conheço uma máquina pra fazer Tonéis 😎🇧🇷

  • @davidromano1232
    @davidromano1232 Před 11 měsíci

    I have a question, where did you get those truss hoops? Did you make them? How did you make them?

  • @mlt6322
    @mlt6322 Před 7 měsíci

    I was watching a Cooper about 45 years ago near Wiliamsburg and he said the secret to making a good tight barrel was to hammer a wire strip down the length of each slat on one side to form an indentation then plane it just until the indentation is gone. When filled with water that indentation swells out and gives an extra tight seal between slats almost like having a gasket between them.

  • @benc1927
    @benc1927 Před rokem +2

    This is incredible.

  • @QuiChiYang2
    @QuiChiYang2 Před 11 měsíci

    Unbelievable craftsmanship. Using an axe 🪓 to make a whiskey cast barrel. That dude is BOSS!

  • @darkone12491
    @darkone12491 Před rokem +1

    Incredibly well done video

  • @borealwhisperer6044
    @borealwhisperer6044 Před 7 měsíci

    Working not in a static plane,he moves freely in the 3rd dimension..outstanding

  • @Getawaymoments
    @Getawaymoments Před 2 lety +5

    Thankyou for putting this up on CHclip!!!
    Long time follower on instagram, but I prefer CHclip for video.
    Great content, beautifully shot!!!

  • @derdude3301
    @derdude3301 Před 11 měsíci

    Realy nice work. Much respect.

  • @glennkrzeminski7539
    @glennkrzeminski7539 Před 10 měsíci

    Sweet Mary that was a beautiful thing to watch! A few things I know from reading a book on the craft that you didn’t show, maybe to keep the video short. You didn’t scrape the inside after the assembly but before the firing, you didn’t use a waxy string around the lids, no reeds in the lids, and no bung hole. You charred the inside but are they liquid tight?
    There was a time I thought I had what it takes to do this but now I’m not so sure. There is some serious artistry in knowing those tapers and bevels. 15:45

  • @johnprentice1527
    @johnprentice1527 Před 7 měsíci


  • @brandonmonita7290
    @brandonmonita7290 Před 11 měsíci

    I used to work at Home Depot and let me tell you, when I asked if we stocked hewing axes everyone looked at me strangely. Even went out to some odd ends of Texas to Ryan and find one at one point. Pretty much nobody’s heard of them, and those that knew didn’t stock them either.
    That was maybe two years ago now. Not that I needed one then or now. I’m just glad that somebody still uses them. I’m only twenty-eight but damn did I feel out of time looking around for one.
    A hewing axe gets things done, but a draw knife has some magic in it!

  • @billville111
    @billville111 Před 11 měsíci

    After you try to make your first one, you will appreciate this more. 👍💪

  • @usualatoms4868
    @usualatoms4868 Před 11 měsíci

    That's incredible!

  • @texilpyle3311
    @texilpyle3311 Před rokem +2

    You sir, are an artist

  • @winterfar2814
    @winterfar2814 Před 11 měsíci

    Wow that’s really neat. Good job.

  • @fundi_mike
    @fundi_mike Před 11 měsíci

    excellent work - it seems that you are right-handed, but it looks like you are using a left-handed topping plane, any particular reason / any secret trick involved in this ?

  • @goodolarchie
    @goodolarchie Před 11 měsíci

    hand hewn staves, wow. That's truly impressive. I'd love to fill this thing up with a nice golden farmhouse ale to break it in.

  • @jewishmonarch6657
    @jewishmonarch6657 Před 10 měsíci

    This bloke has amazing precision with that axe!

  • @ukaszw8790
    @ukaszw8790 Před 4 měsíci

    What a skill! I really admire you.

  • @tiffanytate9079
    @tiffanytate9079 Před 11 měsíci

    That was amazing to watch!

  • @stefvds
    @stefvds Před 11 měsíci +3

    Great job on the barrel and the video! My dad and grandad used to be coopers. It's nice to see someone who still masters the skill.
    There are two things I would have liked to see in this video that felt kinda missing, which is the hole to fill the barrel, and it ultimately being filled and watertight as a final test 😁

  • @DarkGT
    @DarkGT Před 11 měsíci

    Very interesting. Skilled craft.

  • @benjaminbailey9847
    @benjaminbailey9847 Před 11 měsíci

    Please keep things like this alive big companies are trying to kill masterful individuals like this man in their craft in the name of profit!

  • @Goodwithwood69
    @Goodwithwood69 Před rokem +1

    No waffle, all action! Great video!

    • @Goodwithwood69
      @Goodwithwood69 Před rokem

      Matthew Smith
      1 second ago
      No,thank you! Documenting skills like this in a timeless way benefits everyone!

  • @RuijsNL
    @RuijsNL Před 11 měsíci

    One of the longer shits ive taken, but definitely worth it. Very interesting and cool to see!

  • @sir_christmas_leopold_duckson
    @sir_christmas_leopold_duckson Před 10 měsíci

    Excellent. I love watching stuff like this. Reminds me of watching The New Yankee Workshop and The Woodwright's Shop with my dad when I was a kid.

  • @themonsterunderyourbed9408
    @themonsterunderyourbed9408 Před 11 měsíci +1

    This is awesome. Now I'll think twice before destroying those destructible barrels in video games.

    • @cybercat0564
      @cybercat0564 Před 11 měsíci

      Aren't those usually made of sheetmetal though

  • @aarondaniels629
    @aarondaniels629 Před 8 měsíci

    Do you have videos on making the tools you use?

  • @hunterjames3167
    @hunterjames3167 Před 11 měsíci

    So freaking cool!!!

  • @RelyeaRonnie
    @RelyeaRonnie Před 4 měsíci

    Wow lots of skill and lots of labor to make 1 barrel !!!

  • @DDavid-ty2on
    @DDavid-ty2on Před 10 měsíci

    very impressive!

  • @tywebbgolfenthusiast8950
    @tywebbgolfenthusiast8950 Před 11 měsíci

    My half-brother used to use a draw knife like that one! (Hat tip to Roy Underhill for that one)

  • @PyroFalcon
    @PyroFalcon Před 6 měsíci

    Most amazing thing I've seen all week!

  • @w1young155
    @w1young155 Před rokem +1

    Just what I needed to see. Something beautiful

  • @user-kt5uk4to9q
    @user-kt5uk4to9q Před 5 měsíci

    Хорошая работа 👍 И материал хороший , похоже на дуб !!!🤘👏

  • @billjenkins5693
    @billjenkins5693 Před 7 měsíci


  • @tzisorey
    @tzisorey Před 11 měsíci

    I've seen other videos of this sort of thing, but this is definitely the most in-depth version that wasn't filmed by the BBC using a potato in the 70's

  • @nolangaudreau
    @nolangaudreau Před 11 měsíci

    Dang this is impressive work

  • @nopelindoputraperkasa5869
    @nopelindoputraperkasa5869 Před 3 měsíci

    Coopering a 36 gallon beer barrel with hand tools..Amazing the best video... very useful and useful thank you for sharing... greetings from Indonesian traditional gold prospectors...God Bless You🇧🇩🇲🇨🌼🌼❤✋👍👍

  • @jethdaflip7741
    @jethdaflip7741 Před 9 měsíci

    What do you call that wood shaving tool with a handle in both ends? Looks cool.

    • @TraditionalCooperage
      @TraditionalCooperage Před 5 dny

      I believe you’re referring to the drawknives. There are several used by the Cooper. A Backing Knife usually has a flat back and a convex edge. The Hollowing Knife has a bent profile and is used for shaping the inside of the staves. The Heading Knife has a concave edge and back and is used for cutting the Basel (tapered edge) on the head.

  • @sailorguy9288
    @sailorguy9288 Před rokem +2


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    @lccmartins Před 6 měsíci


  • @demistonin5664
    @demistonin5664 Před 9 měsíci

    You are an artist 😮

  • @jack0903
    @jack0903 Před 11 měsíci

    Good job! I like to build a barrel