Tools of the trade
Updated: Oct 29, 2021
A quick look at some of the traditional tools used by our coopers.
Barrel making and refurbishing requires lots of specialist tools most of which are wickedly sharp (I can tell you from personal experience). The tools themselves are mostly very traditional and have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. This tool is called a French hand adze and is used for preparing the ends of the barrel staves ready for the head.