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Coopering: Make a Wooden Bucket

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Course Overview

Coopering, the craft of joining wooden staves to create a vessel, was an integral skill in many cultures worldwide; from Japan to Ireland, every meal had a food or drink that had at some point been stored in a coopered vessel. The skill and product is still relevant today. This course will cover the regional styles and techniques of coopering from around the world. Students will each make a wooden bucket using hand tools: froe, draw knife, hollowing knife, compass, and cooper’s joiner plane. Connect to history and partake in the rebirth of an ancient craft. Please note that the three days of class are full of hand tool work which can be tiring for some.

Required Tools

  • All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

  • Feel free to bring your favorite draw knife, sloyd knife and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

Session Information

All skill levels are welcome. Students will be using hand tools for the whole of three days. If that poses a potential challenge physically, please contact instructor before enrolling at


Fri, Dec 2nd, 2022  –  Sun, Dec 4th, 2022

Course Details

Skill Levels: Beginner to Intermediate
Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $300.00
Materials fee: $100.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Eric Edgin
Eric Edgin
Grand Marais, MN

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Coopering: Make a Wooden Bucket