The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts


Coopering (beer)


The making of wooden casks bound with metal hoops, specifically for beer. See the separate entry for coopering (spirits).


Status Endangered
Craft category  Wood
Historic area of significance  UK
Area currently practised  England
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required
Current no. of trainees  3
Current no. of skilled craftspeople  5
Current total no. of craftspeople  6-10 (in four businesses)



CooperingTraditionally there were three types of coopering: dry coopering, white coopering, and wet coopering. The first was the least skilled, the last the most skilled. Within wet coopering, a distinction is made between coopering for beer and for spirits. Coopering for beer is more highly skilled because the casks must withstand the pressure of the fermenting beer.




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