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Barrel staves

Name for the curved longitudinal boards (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. They then have to dry for a long time. In the past, the craft of the stave maker existed, who delivered the staves to the cooper, who assembled them. Shorter staves, which are hung in a wine vat as an alternative for barrique ageing, are called "inner staves". See Wood-chips, and also Barrel and barrel types.

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