The barrel has been invented by the Gauls around the 5th century to replace the earthenware amphoras formerly used for containing and transporting the wine. It is hard to imagine how difficult it is to put together the staves and heads which make up the barrel, to get a both sturdy and tight container.

Robinson Crusoe who had succeeded in building his house and furniture , failed to make a barrel, according to the account of his adventures !

This section, situated on the first mezzanine of the Museum, relates the history of the profession of cooper which is not so common nowadays.

A very complex craft, cooperage is performed with quite a number of tools and the restitution of a cooper’s workshop gives a good idea of the sophistication of the techniques to master.

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