Monday, April 21, 2014


Across from the community kitchen museum in Middle Amana is what used to be a working Cooper shop, now museum. It is a smaller, weathered clapboard building in typical Amana architectural style. The village Cooper made the barrels of many shapes and sizes for use in the many wineries and community kitchens. Some small barrels and casks were built to preserve food and fruit juices. Wooden half-tubs were used for cleaning vegetables and washing clothes. At times, they were filled with sand to store root vegetables. You can see some of these half-tubs used as flower planters around the Amanas today. The Cooper also made churns, tubs, buckets for beer, wine, cider, oil, grease and brine.

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