Barrel-making is in great demand today in Maine. In this hands-on workshop and demonstration of the coopering process students will create their own nail keg, small wooden barrel, using traditional tools. Students will learn basic coopering skills and process as well as the rich and ancient history of barrel making. Teacher Ed Lutjens is the founder of Portland Barrel Company, and makes new barrels from locally sourced white oak, for the aging of spirits.
Materials for the class are provided, no prior woodworking skills necessary.
Staves- each student will be provided a bundle of roughed out staves, students will dress staves using stave jointer and cooper’s ax. Teacher will also demonstrate riving rough staves from log with froe, and students may try their hand at this.
Hoops- students will hand rivet hoops for their cask from stock provided, trip to BRV blacksmith shop for this phase.
Assembly- finished staves will be gathered in hoops and steamed over small fire to bend into final form.
Croze cutting- using traditional hand tools students will cut the grove in the end of the cask to receive the round wooden head.
Heading- students will install heads (provided) in casks and scrape/finish the casks to take home.
Most of the work will be done at a station in front of the cooper shop (weather permitting), some demo’s and history will take place inside the shop, and a walk to the blacksmith shop for anvil use (cold work, no forge heat).
BRV Members $110, non-members $120. To register call us at 207-633-4727. Workshop fees include all materials and museum admission.