Coopering Demonstrations this Weekend 4/16 & 4/17

Coopering - Work In Progress!

Coopering – Work In Progress!

The Museum will be hosting coopering demonstrations by Marshall Scheetz this Saturday and Sunday on the German Farm exhibit.

Master Cooper, Marshall Scheetz is a Virginia based tradesman/artist who served a six-year apprenticeship under a traditional master cooper. Inspired by historical research, he practices tight, dry, and white coopering and creates accurate reproductions of period cooperage including hogsheads, barrels, firkins, butter churns, tubs, piggins, buckets, along with art work inspired by the trade.

Scheetz is a historian and researches the cooper’s trade with an emphasis on the 18th and 19th centuries.   Process of production and the culture surrounding the cooper’s trade are what fuel his work. Collaboration with researchers, archaeologists, curators, and other tradesmen further his understanding about the art and science of coopering and coopered containers.

He is recognized as one of the country’s few traditionally practicing coopers and is represented in both private and museum collections including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Nantucket Historical Association.  He is owner of Jamestown Cooperage LLC.   Examples of his work can be seen at https://www.instagram.com/marshallscheetz/ .

Hope to see you this weekend!

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* Your general admission ticket provides access to the entire Museum from 9am -5pm, including the coopering demonstrations.  As always, Annual Pass holders get in free.

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