Bryant RedHawk wrote:I will be returning to coopering tight casks, in smaller sizes (1 through 10 gal). I know a lot of folks that are in the hobby of distilling and many have asked me to make them some smaller than 53 gal. size casks, so that is one venue that I will be doing. I have plenty of white oaks growing and will do it all from felling the tree to making my own bands. I am also a Martin Guitar Master Repairman ( passed my master's test in 1976) and will be delving into opening a shop to build some instruments for sale, and perhaps I will get some repair work also. Our homestead farm goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible and just use retirement money for what we can't supply ourselves with. I know I can make enough income with the cooperage to supply what extra monies we might require.
Made from American Hophornbeam, it has a T-handle securely pinned to the 6" long pointed shaft with a brass tube, which also serves as an eyelet for your lanyard. I'll be making these to order depending on interest.
Marianne Cicala wrote:I just found this thread and think it's important! We are in a very rural area and the amount of craftspeople is impressive but they have little local outlets. If anyone is in the same boat, I urge you to go chat with local businesses to see if consignment is an option. Local artists have made such an incredible difference in our nursery where we are beautifully appointed with local pottery, brooms, painted furniture, walking sticks, metalwork, handmade soaps, lotion and even a local kid's book writter who is doing a book signing next week-end. The "house" takes 20% to cover credit card costs, advertising and display space. I'm always impressed by the local talent as are our customers.