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Drunk on whisky, butts and barrels

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Speyside Cooperage
 


In the barns where the whisky casks are made the dynamic movement of the coopers dancing around their barrels, busy shaping, shaving and charring casks instantly captivated me. With their aprons, traditional tools and hand-crafted methods it is like entering a pre-existing time. In particular, the days that I spent at the cooperage when ‘the butts’, barrels nearly as tall as the coopers themselves, were being charred, were great. Fire funnelled through the bottom of the barrel chars the inside surfaces with as purpose to affect the flavour and colour of the spirit aged in the barrel. The immensely hot barrels are then cooled by water creating such a steamy atmosphere, that people and barrels all sudden appear out of nowhere. Press release here and more here.

See below an illustration of a drawing on a copperplate before being inked up and going through a press. Further below some life drawing examples made in the barns of Speyside Cooperage.

The barrelyard
Charring the butts
 


Illustration of a drawing on a copperplate. For the final result click on the image.
Illustration of a drawing on a copperplate. For the final result click on the image.
 


Drawing at Speyside Cooperage. For the result click on the image.
Drawing at Speyside Cooperage. For the result click on the image.
 


Drawing inside the whisky barn. For the result click on the image.
Drawing inside the whisky barn. For the result click on the image.