Coopering is the traditional process of making watertight containers out of separate pieces of wood called staves. This is a highly skilled craft and was much in demand in Ireland in times past. Traditionally, coopers were apprenticed, studying under a master cooper for a considerable time. The craft flourished when huge numbers of coopers were at work. In the cities and towns, the brewers, distillers, provision merchants and butter merchants all employed coopers. Each product demanded a container of different type, depending on what materials were being stored, be they liquid or solids. Whiskey Craft have teamed up with the talented gentlemen in our local Men's Shed group and commissioned a detailed bas-relief scene of an Irish village cooperage. This lovely piece of bas-relief art is a one of a kind product and would make a wonderful display and conversation piece for any whiskey connoisseur. The piece is framed in an inscribed double shadow mount for greater effect in a quality washed maple 10x8 frame.