Schmeider's Cooperage Complex

Schmeider's Cooperage Complex, Near the famous Bundaberg Rum Distillery, at 5 Alexandra Street, is Schmeider's Cooperage where the ancient art of barrel-making is practiced. Situated in a 100-year-old building it is a typical tourist destination with lots of gifts, a video explaining the art of cooperage, demonstrations of the craft and mini barrels for the souvenir hunter.

 

 

 

Contact Details

    BUNDY KEGS                                                       
    5 Alexandra Street
    Bundaberg Qld 4670
    Phone:(07) 4151 8233
    Fax:(07) 4153 6400

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     OPENING HOURS

     Monday -       Closed

     Tuesday -      9am-4pm

     Wednesday - 9am-4pm

     Thursday -     9am-4pm

     Friday -          9am-4pm

     Saturday -     9am-1pm

                                                                                                                     Sunday -        9am-1pm

 

Justin the Cooper hard at work

Justin the 'Cooper" hard at work shaping a cask.

Traditionally, a cooper is someone who makes wooden staved vessels of a conical form, of greater length than breadth, bound together with hoops and possessing flat ends or heads. Examples of a cooper's work include but are not limited to casks, barrels, buckets, tubs, butter churns, hogsheads, firkins, tierces, rundlets, puncheons, pipes, tuns, butts, pins, and breakers. The word is derived from Middle Dutch kūpe, "basket, wood, tub" and may ultimately stem from cupa, the Latin word for vat. Everything a cooper produces is referred to collectively as cooperage. "Cask" is a generic term used to describe any piece of cooperage containing a bouge, bilge, or bulge in the middle of the container...

A barrel is technically a measure of the size of a cask, so the term "barrel-maker" cannot be used synonymously with "cooper." The facility in which casks are made is also referred to as a cooperage.

Bundy Floods 2013

Dear Customers,

Due to the recent floods, our business has suffered some damage. We ask that if you have placed an order or know someone who has, to please be patient as we are set to reopen the shop on the 1/3/2013.

Thank you

Bundy Kegs Team

Competition Winner

 

Competition Winner!

 "TREVOR BARBY"

Congratulations to the proud new owner of a 4 Litre Cask.

Thank you to all of those who entered and showed their support.

Happy 2013!!

COOPERING AT A GLANCE

JOB ROLES
Coopering is a traditional and ancient craft based on the production of wooden barrels, vats and casks for use in wine making.  Coopers make, assemble and repair wooden casks, barrels, vats, buckets and tubs for holding wet or dry goods. 

Coopers may perform the following tasks: 
• work out the job requirements from specifications 
• select wood and cut, shape, smooth and taper boards to form staves (the wooden boards of the barrels), or use prepared wooden parts 
• assemble staves into rough shapes inside temporary hoops, using hammers and hoop drivers 
• apply hot water or steam to staves to make them pliable 
• cut, bend and rivet metal strips or wooden pieces to form hoops and fit them in position around barrels or casks, drawing staves tightly together 
• draw ends of staves together using trussing machines, cut grooves inside rims of staves, make up heads and fit into grooves 
• smooth surfaces 
• repair damaged staves by removing and replacing them 
• check for leaks and insert sealants. 


EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS

Coopers work in cooperages and wineries. Coopers are also often self-employed. It is a small occupation. However, with the wine industry exhibiting substantial growth, employment prospects for coopers are expected to be good.

The Australian Coopering sub-sector comprises very small businesses, primarily operating in South Australia.  There are approximately 20 enterprises nationally employing about 60 people. Manufacture of new barrels used principally in the wine industry is the largest employer of tradesmen.  Work involves manufacturing three standard size barrels (225, 300 and 500 litre capacity) using modern machinery and equipment.  These coopers may also make larger barrels (up to 4,500 litre capacity) and also straight sided tanks and vats.  Repair, service and reconditioning of barrels is a highly specialised activity, with just ten people nationally doing this type of work.  A handful of coopers also make small decorative kegs, usually sold to private individuals one or two at a time.
Most employment opportunities are in the wine growing regions of SA, WA, NSW and Victoria.

Art Glass

ART GLASS AUSTRALIA - WOLFGANG ENGEL

With the deft touch of a magician, Wolfgang Engel, Bundaberg's leading glass artist, breathes life into an amazing array of exquisitely coloured objects. From tiny penguins and mystical freeform leafy sea dragon shapes encapsulated in translucent art contemporary display, his enchanting art beguiles all ages.

Having studied civil engineering at university in Germany, Wolfgang began his career. Meeting the artist Rose-Marie changed his life. Artist friends influenced the future of  the young engineer. He would begin to embrace the world of colour and light.

Wolfgang Engel's expertise was gained at the famous glass blowing village of Lauscha in Germany, where he was apprenticed, before being drawn to the idyllic artist's colony Ahrenshoop on the Baltic coast.  He ran a successful art glass business for many years before the trip to Australia in 1991 changed his life once more.

The seemingly effortless transformation from clever idea to finished product has to be seen to be believed. The fascinating glass blowing process on the at Wolfgang's unique gallery space in Schmeider's Cooperage Complex, Bundaberg, called 'art glass' uses specially imported hand made glass tubes of many stunning colours. This is combined with the skill of a master craftsman/artist./engineer to blend century old traditions of glass blowing with an appreciation and love of the shape and colour of Australian flora and fauna. Undaunted by being in the publics gaze, Wolfgang delights in sharing his art with others.

The glass combines raw material such as soda, lime and metal oxides, such as cobalt or copper to give vibrant colours, and is heated to 900 degrees to render it soft enough to shape. Combining colours under the flame of a touch while constantly manipulating the softened glass demands great manual dexterity. Incorporating one coloured creature inside another is definitely magic.

Wolfgang is known for his beautifully crafted glass pens, an ancient tradition from Venice, Italy. Attention to detail in the nib combined with a typically Venetian form of decoration in the handle, reflect a craftsman with an engineering background. Having exhibited world wide, Wolfgang's art can now be seen in many Australian galleries, as well as locally.  

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