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)

 

History

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.

 

Techniques

 

Local forms

 

Sub-crafts

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

 

Support organisations

Craftspeople currently known

 

Other information

 

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