The "Schoolhouse Cooper" keeps history alive with collection of cooper's tools
Ken March, seated at his shaving horse, works a piece of white oak with a draw knife to produce a barrel stave. The horse, which Ken constructed out of seven kinds of wood, is modeled on those used more than 300 years ago.
Two 19th century cooper's compasses used to measure barrel heads. The large one is hand-forged and made of ash; the smaller one, from France, dates to about 1850.
A croze plane (at left) and howel plane, used in construction of small vessels such as this butter churn.
The one-room school house in rural southern Pennsylvania where Ken March uses pieces from his extensive collection of cooper's tools to make a variety of wooden containers.
Surrounded by cooper's tools, Ken March works at his 1880 Eagle treadle lathe. The lathe is made of cast iron and is driven by a rope.
Ken March at his 19th century Altand treadle lathe, sharpening cooper's tools. The lathe is driven by a heavy leather belt.
Examples of staved vessels once crafted by coopers for everyday use.
A pair of 19th century bung borers from France, used to drill a hole in the top of the barrel for the bung or stopper. The larger of the two has its own wooden blade protector. The smaller one has a 'new' handle.