is alive and well in one of our Norwegian Fjords
The Art Of Barrel Making
It's a lot of small fjords in Norway
that you don’t find on any Brochure
front page. This small fjords have their own and unique qualities
Holmefjord and Boga the commune of Fusa are one of these location.
A beautiful small fjord with a few isle’s where you can
take a picnic if you
have a small boat.
Most people have not heard of coopering,
the art of barrel making, let alone
seen a cooper at work. Now a dying trade in most places due
to the "over
mechanization" of the craft, coopering is alive and well
in one of our
The last barrelmaker in Samnøy?
When it comes to keeping a dying trade alive -
Endre Samnoy is a
real cooperman. During his generation as a cooper, he's made
thousands of them - from 50 gallon fish drums to miniature barrels.
Brimming with activity, the famiy not only prides
itself on maintaining the demanding tradition of making genuine
Combining old and new techniques,
skilled coopers transform old
fish barrels into enticing art objects in a barn like workshop
Samnøy in Fusa County, in the tranquillity of rural Fusa
Norway’s most famous coopering region.
As you can see on the
picture, it’s not easy to find the last stave
with the right measure when you are starting the process.
Each has to be angled precisely so that when they're brought
they make a perfect fit.
"A template's no good because all the angles
are different," explains
Endre, "it's all down to your eye's judgment ".
If it's a larger barrel the angled staves are 'raised' in a
truss and then subjected
The fire softens the timber ready for bending and as the hoops
to the cask, the staves close together to form watertight joints.
"A well-made cask should last forever . . . or at least
well after the
owner is long dead," he says, patting a barrel fondly with
his gnarled hand.
loves every moment of his work
is a man who clearly loves every moment of his work, and admits
to disliking modern methods of the job.
"I love working with wood, there's a real joy from getting
a well-presented finished product. I prefer using traditional
tools as they're designed specifically for the task."
Barrel Product list
Endre have at least tree different product in
his production line.
1. Original fish barrel
2. Half size tub for plants and flowers
3. Endre's Barrel Bar
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