BARREL MONGERS
 
          This trade is being practised by fewer and fewer people and the young generation is not attracted to it because they consider it unprofitable. The technique is very old and has been preserved with such strictness that has become almost a cult. The type of wood is chosen depending on the destination of the barrels: oak or white beech for food, mulberry or acacia for drinks; barrels have different names according to their capacity. The staves for curved barrels are exclusively hand-made, tailored to the wood's fibre. The most difficult operation is the gathering of staves with circles and the proofing of the barrel with bulrush.
          There are some unwritten rules about a barrel monger's relation with the customers, as no contract or paper is signed when an order is received. Mutual understanding is taken for granted. The tools are old and most of the times a family inheritance. The craftsmen take very good care of them because they are impossible to find these days. The names of the tools have a German touch, which confirms the fact that this craft was brought here centuries ago by German or Austrian craftsmen.
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