Thursday, July 29, 2010

Coopering on a perfect summer weekend

Seven students and eight buckets at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. When we taught this class before we only made a couple of buckets in a one day course - on the new extended version everybody gets to make and keep a bucket.

From the slideshow (it's pretty long) you'll see the sequence of operations to make a bucket. We split old growth cedar and sawn sugar pine so that folks could get a real understanding of the differences working with different types of wood. Both types of bucket look great. 

We also added a section in making some of the special tools needed for Coopering - the angle gauge (pretty easy) and the croze (the tool for making the groove the bottom slots into) was more challenging.

This is still one of my favourite courses and I'm going to have to make a cooper's plane (that's the big inverted 5' long plane!).

Pictures by William Zerby and Tim Lawson


  1. Many thanks to Steve and Tim for being great teachers. I learned much about coopering and quite a bit about wood, too. It was more fun than I've had in school in a long time.

  2. Would you be able to do a class on making a keg? I know alot of the skills would carry-over, but for me it would be helpful to do both. Maybe as a whole week class.
    Please keep me posted
    southernpentecostal19 at yahoo dot com Please respond