Term for the curved longitudinal boards (English staves) of vats, buckets or barrels made of wood which form the walls. In viticulture, fine-pored, densely grown oak wood is preferably used for the barrels. They are not sawn, but split along the natural fibres of the wood. Afterwards they have to dry for a long time. In the past, the special craft of the stave-maker was used for the production of the staves, who delivered the staves to the cooper, who then assembled them. shorter staves, which are hung in a wine container as an alternative to the barrique ageing process, are called "inner staves". See also under Wood-chips, as well as under Barrel and barrel types.