Traditional Handmade Coopered British Wooden Tankards

Knighton, United Kingdom | 32 Sales


Traditional Handmade Coopered British Wooden Tankards

Knighton, United Kingdom 32 Sales On Etsy since 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   My apologies, I'm awaiting photos for a number of tankards before I can put them on the site.


Last updated on Aug 29, 2018

My apologies, I'm awaiting photos for a number of tankards before I can put them on the site.

Roger Salt

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Roger Salt


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Coopered Wooden Tankards

I sometimes think I'm a displaced Victorian, born in the wrong century. My training is in hand-made furniture and I learned the basics of coopering many years ago from a neighbour, a retired cooper. I prefer to sell my work at craft fairs, especially in the craft tent at steam rallies. I found that visitors often wanted to buy, but at a later date (birthday, anniversary, etc.) so I reluctantly set up a website and orders began to pour in, mostly from Britain but also from other parts of the world. This was a mixed blessing though, because the tankards are genuinely hand-made and I just can't make as many as I need at peak times. A serious illness forced me to give up, but now I'm largely recovered and starting again to make tankards - I love coopering and I love to work!
I use native British timber wherever possible, usually sourced from sites along the Welsh Marches and I try to give the precise origin of the timber if I can. For example, I'm currently using Cherry from Abergavenny, Oak from Wentwood Forest in Monmouthshire and Elm from Whitney-on-Wye.
I sell from stock and aim to dispatch orders within 2 days of ordering. I send the tankards by Royal Mail 1st class recorded delivery and I offer free delivery to UK addresses. The Royal Mail aims to deliver these in two business days, but it doesn't guarantee this. In my experience, about 90% are delivered in 2 days.
I regret that at present I can't handle any overseas orders.

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Last updated on Jul 5, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Wholesale availability

I can't do wholesale. This is a hand-crafting enterprise, not a manufacturing business, so the costs are the same for each tankard. The tankards are made by jointing 12 staves, not turned from a single piece of wood, and each tankard takes about 5 hours of work to make (it actually takes about 4 weeks, but most of that time is waiting for glue to harden, waiting for lacquer to dry, etc).

Custom and personalised orders

At the moment, I'm trying to build up stock and extend my range, so I'm not accepting any special requests. However, I may do so once I've got enough stock for day-to-day orders. The hoops can be engraved (any shop selling sporting trophies can do this).

Sizing details

The '1-pint' tankards are really a bit bigger than 1 pint, in order to allow room for a head on the beer. The tankards are about 6 inches high, 3 and a half inches diameter at the top, 4 inches diameter at the bottom.
The small tankards hold well over 1/2 pint (they were originally designed to hold a can of coke).

Care instructions

I include a 'care of the tankard' leaflet with every tankard, but generally the tankard needs very little care, as it’s finished in a very tough lacquer that will last the life of the tankard. The brass or copper hoops will tarnish over a period of times and if they’re not polished they’ll lose their shine. To keep the hoops bright, they’ll need to be cleaned with a brief, light rub of metal polish around every 3 months. After use, the tankard should be rinsed out with cold or luke-warm water. It should NEVER be put in a microwave or a dishwasher.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Sorry, I don't do gift wrapping.

Can they really be used for drinking?

Yes, they're made to be used for drinking beer or cider. I don't really know how long the tankards will last, but my personal, well-used, tankard is 25 years old and still fine. I'm sometimes asked if they can be used for drinking tea or coffee. The answer is yes, if you must, but if you drink a lot of coffee, it'd be a lot cheaper to buy a cup.