Showing posts with label coopering. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coopering. Show all posts

Friday, March 18, 2022

Living Heritage Podcast Ep216 Bunches of Barrels with Lindy Rideout

In this episode we talk about Lindy's experience learning coopering or barrel making, the traditional and modern tools used, and the importance of cooperage to Cottlesville. We also discuss the historical uses for barrels as well three different grades of barrel making.
Lindy Rideout holding one of his pieces. 
Lindy Rideout is a self trained cooper who lives in Cottlesville, New World Island, NL. Using his grandfather’s cooperage tools he has made barrels, water buckets, and even a wooden hot tub. A third generation boatbuilder who builds kayaks he has also taken up painting and has tried to capture the work of barrel making including the tools, process, and people.

Coopering or barrel making is one of the crafts listed in the Heritage NL Craft at Risk List 2021

Painting completed by Lindy Rideout.


Living Heritage is about people who are engaged in the heritage and culture sector, from museum professionals and archivists, to tradition bearers and craftspeople - all those who keep history alive at the community level. The show is a partnership between HeritageNL and CHMR Radio.

Theme music is Rythme Gitan by Latché Swing.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

If you've ever wanted to learn how to make traditional barrels, this is your big opportunity!

Constructing an oak wine barrel at French cooperage


are being sought for a

Seasonal - Continuing Employment Opportunity with

Trinity Historical Society Inc.


for up to sixteen weeks (potentially longer) at 35 hrs/wk.

Trinity Historical Society is seeking expressions of interest from individuals who are interested in becoming the Cooper/Museum Supervisor at our Cooperage in Trinity.

Trinity Historical Society will provide orientation and training to the position in Trinity and potentially out of province (possibility of Ross Farms, Nova Scotia).

You will be expected to sign a contract of seasonal employment with the Society for a minimum of three years; provide demonstrations in barrel making and making a barrel and other products made of wood at the historic site for sale for the Historical Society; provide interpretation on the trade and history of the Cooperage to visitors; supervise one or two students during the summer and oversee the day-to-day operations of the historic site.

Education, Experience and Training:

You are a mature individual with graduation from high school and some carpentry and/or woodworking experience; you have excellent communication skills and are comfortable in communicating with individuals and groups; you are highly organized, self motivated and creative and possess a knowledge of and interest in the history of Trinity and area, of Newfoundland and Labrador and of coopering (wood work); you must be pleasant and outgoing, capable of working on your own as well as with others and have some prior experience in dealing with the public.

A valid driver’s license, use of a private motor vehicle and First Aid would also be an asset but not necessary. Any prior experience with general or heritage carpentry will be considered an asset but not necessary for application. Should you have any wood working experience the provision of some pictures of our work would be appreciated with your submission.

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary to be determined based on work experience and negotiable. Benefits include vacation allowance to 4% of bi-weekly pay, Workplace, NL premium and payment of the employer’s share of Mandatory Employment Related Costs for Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance Premiums.

Additional information or any questions please contact us 464-3599 or e-mail:

Applications will be screened and successful applicants will be interviewed prior to selection. Please mail or e-mail your cover letter, resume and references to:

Trinity Historical Society Inc.

P.O. Box 8 Trinity, NL A0C 2S0

Fax: (709) 464-3599 e-mail:

Deadline: 4 PM Friday, March 18, 2022