Production Barrel Making
Production coopering is a scale of coopering a step beyond making individual barrels completely by hand. Here at Tillers International, we continue to hear from coopers and people interested in coopering about going into coopering as a business. With the increase in interest in coopering from the craft brewing and distilling industries, more coopers are needed to supply the demand for artisan barrels for aging beer and spirits. While it is important to both understand and perfect traditional coopering techniques, it is difficult to economically make barrels completely by hand. That is the thought behind this production barrel coopering class.
This class is designed to teach how to set up shop to make barrels on a larger scale with standard woodworking machinery. During this class we will review methods used at modern cooperages and show how these methods can be adapted to small shops using shop built jigs and fixtures. The class will be divided into stations to efficiently produce the parts of the barrels and put them together. Each student will leave with a 15 gallon barrel made in the class production environment using a team approach. Unlike our traditional coopering classes this class will make extensive use of power joiners, planers, table saws, band saws and routers during the class.
Safety glasses and ear protection are mandatory.
Prerequisites for this class include: one straight stage coopering class (Buckets, butter churns, or Tankard class), and the Coopering Barrels class, or similar experience. If you have not taken coopering classes here at Tillers, please contact the Education Coordinator if you want to be considered for the class.