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Cooper

Buckets, Piggins, Firkins, and Hogsheads

Cooper

Barrels were the shipping containers of the 18th century. They could be made "slack" or watertight, suited to contain everything from flour to fine wine. They were remarkably rugged, and even very heavy ones could be rolled from place to place. Watch coopers transform flat boards into precisely shaped staves and join them - all by eye - into buckets, piggins, firkins, and hogsheads.

 

Working Wood

Annual Working Wood in the 18th Century

Carpenters

From turned, green wood chairs to elaborate marquetry pieces, pre-industrial furniture in America took many forms and sprang from numerous traditions. With each tradition came different sets of tools, shop structures, and approaches to solving problems in a common material: wood. For this annual conference, we have brought together an impressive group of presenters to speak to some of these different traditions with an emphasis on shops and tools.

Operating Hours

Cooper

  • Monday

    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday

    • Closed
  • Wednesday

    • Closed
  • Thursday

    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday

    • Closed
  • Saturday

    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday

    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM