Marshall Scheetz is the owner and operator of Jamestown Cooperage, LLC, the leading purveyor of high-quality reproduction cooperage. I make and sell most types of cooperage and use traditional methods and tools to create each unique piece. My wooden containers are all water-tight, made this way by the tight fit of the staves and skill, not by swelling, tar, wax, or other sealing agents.
The technology of coopering has existed for over 3,000 years. Casks were once used to transport precious cargo such as wine, beer, whale oil, tobacco, sugar, salt, and coffee beans. While the cask was the king of shipping containers, mundane wooden buckets and tubs were once found in every domestic setting.