Truss­ing in

Landscape (UK) - - Of Rocks And Ruins -

At the end of Jonathan’s four-year ap­pren­tice­ship in 1999, a cer­e­mony called Truss­ing In took place. This is a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony, at­tended by four other coop­ers. It starts with the ap­pren­tice mak­ing a 54-gal­lon cask called a Hogshead. The ap­pren­tice is then put in­side the cask while the other coop­ers close it up around him. “It felt a bit warm,” says Jonathan. Once this is done, all the de­bris from the brew­ery is tipped on top of the ap­pren­tice – shav­ings, beer slops, bits of metal. “Thank­fully they no longer use horses or the ma­nure would have gone in with me too,” he says. The head, or lid, is then put on, the cask tipped on its side and rolled around the yard a few times with the ap­pren­tice in­side it. The cask is then righted. The ap­pren­tice gets out and is promptly sacked. He has to ask for his job back, but there are no guar­an­tees he will get it. Jonathan did and was given a pint of beer to cel­e­brate. Jonathan now has a new ap­pren­tice, so hope­fully in four years’ time he will be on the other side of the bar­rel for the next Truss­ing In cer­e­mony.

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