New cooper at Loch Lomond Distillery

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A coopers' art

The latest apprentice at Loch Lomond Distillery has gone through an age-old, but messy, graduation ceremony.

Steven Courtney, 30, of Bonhill has just qualified as a cooper after a four-year apprenticeship, says the Lennox Herald.

As is traditional, his colleagues covered Steven in water, molasses and wood shavings before rolling him around in a barrel at the cooperage in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire.

Steven joins the ranks of 167 trained coopers in Scotland.

Tom Cook, a cooper with 40 years experience, told the newspaper: “I trained to be a cooper near Isla and it took five years, but it used to take seven.

“It’s better now that with the increase in technology it only takes four years to complete.”

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