Coopering: Traditional Wooden Buckets

August 4-7

coopered bucket
Saralyn Bellmer

In this four day class, students will learn the ancient art of “wet” coopering, making a bucket traditionally used for carrying milk, butter, or cheese. Each bucket is comprised of individual staves and held together with some sort of band. In this particular class, students will receive instruction on a variety of tools specific to coopering: the drawknife, the coopering drawknife, the jointer plane, the croze, and a variety of others. We will use some more “modern” tools for the building of the bucket, including the router. We will discuss tool sharpness and cover bucket design so that students can continue on in their journey after the class is over. We will also be making the bands from copper, which means students will receive some instruction in metallurgy. All skill levels welcome.


nate chambers

Nate is a local craftsman living and working in Asheville, NC. He has been studying traditional crafts for seven years, focusing on bowl turning, use and construction of spring-pole lathes, spoon carving, chair-making, and cooperage, in the hopes of passing these skills on to others.







Maine Coast Craft School, M.I.T. and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Villagers (Instructor and Demonstrator)

Country Workshops (Intern, 2015)

Haywood Woodworking Program (Graduate, 2011)