We are now up to the fifth instalment of the Video of the Week segment. To offer some contrast to last week’s video on language, I’ll be sharing an archival video on barrel-making. Why barrel-making? Barrels are an important part of the history of my civilisations, used for storing products ranging from pickled goods to alcoholic beverages. Simply put, it has allowed a method for trade goods to be transported for thousands of miles. This has allowed vastly separated communities to be connected by their trade goods. Just imagine places such as the region now known as China having access to peppers from further south or the west being able to enjoy tea. It really has been a method of sharing experiences that would otherwise be off limits by what can grow in a region. In the case of this week’s video, the method appears to be rather close to more modern methods that have added machinery to speed up a process that still requires fire to shrink the wooden planks over an extended period of time.
I know that I have shared at least one video from the British Pathé archive before, but their youtube channel remains my go-to for finding historical videos as well as clips of older techniques. I highly recommend that folks take the time to check out the archive if they haven’t already done so. You can find their Youtube channel here.