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9 professions that should be extinct but aren't

By: Sidney Stevens on April 13, 2016, 3:09 p.m.
A cooper works in France

Photo: Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images

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Barrel making might sound like one of those ancient professions that gave up the ghost long ago, but many master coopers continue to practice their trade around the world. Most craft wooden barrels by hand for distilleries, breweries and wineries that want to impart old-world barrel-aged flavor to their alcoholic offerings. Demand for old-fangled barrels is also fueled by the rise of craft distilleries and microbreweries in recent years.