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last cooper in victoria..

rurik

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There is a cooper in Canberra but he only does work for people who know him.


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I would stand corrected, but I thought there was one in Margaret River back about 20 years ago but I don't know if he is still in business. I also think there was one somewhere in the Great Southern, either Mt Barker or Denmark, but I can't remember where. Not being a wine drinker, I wouldn't know. Any of you connoisseurs of Australia's best vintages have any further information.
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Aussie123

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Many of the large winemakers have their own coopers, or coopers who service them.

A "small" cooper who is willing to work on 1 barrel or 2 is a bit harder to track down.
We had Neil from Heritage coopers in Melbourne until he retired a couple of years ago.
He never wanted to take on an apprentice or pass on his skills. He was happy to make his living from it, then retire !

... bit sad; although he wasn't a "traditional" cooper by any means. Like most coopers today he used plenty of power tools and machinery.

Next time we need a barrel shaved I'm going to try it myself. Nothing to lose even if its a disaster !

The actual shaving is not a worry, the think I'm worried about is getting it watertight again !
 

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in south australia there is people producing barrels.. i believe more than one company.. but i can guarantee you that the staff could not work in the way this guy does. but i think there is several skilled coopers still in south australia.. ive seen coopers in the u.s.a that were just able to do round wine barrels and thats it so the level of skill is very much depending on the work they do.. this guy came form a family doing it and worked in every field.. his level of skill is very good you can watch other coopers and compare his work..
 

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It's always (okay, usually ) a bit sad to see a specialised profession in decline. Without the ready market who can blame them though?
 

julius

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yes well we have more than enough money in this country to spend money on such things but as old buildings are not restored using traditional methods many of these skills now dont exist here. also 99.99% people just dont care about this stuff here theyed mostly just see some old guy making a bucket and would rather pay 99 cents for a chines one....... unfortunately.
 
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