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THE COPPER’S WORKSHOP

gfx In the 1860s the export of herring from Skudeneshavn counted more than 38.000 barrels in the best years. This meant that the cooper’s ( barrel-maker’s ) work was the most important craft in town. The cooper used pines for making the barrel staves. The hoops, which keep the barrels together, were originally made from hazel or sallow, but when iron got cheaper they started using that instead.

 

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