The tools of the cooper are quite distinctive. In order to form the round casks of the trade, many of the cooper’s tools are arc-shaped. The croze, exaples seen here at the left and right sides, was used to cut a groove inside the staves. The sun plane, seen in the middle, was used to level the edge of the stave ends. These tools will be auctioned in Humboldt, Iowa on May 4, 2013 by Great Planes Trading.
Adjustable sweep ratchet brace, similar to a Millers Falls Barber Improved No. 97, with a sweep adjusted by loosening two set screws. This brace can be set in six different positions. It retains most of the original nickel plating and the wood is fine. This brace is to be sold at auction May 17, 2013 by Great Planes Trading Company.