Jim Gaster is one of a very few remaining “coopers”, that is, craftsmen who shape and bind wood into usable containers. Most of the existing coopers make wooden barrels for distilleries and wineries, but Jim specializes in “white coopering”, a branch of cooperage that produces wooden buckets, washtubs, butter churns, and other vintage household items.
Jim made his first bucket in 1989. Every item made by Beaver Buckets is personally handcrafted by Jim himself. Jim’s craftsmanship has earned a national reputation for its quality, personality, and historical integrity. Even Hollywood has come knocking at Beaver Buckets’ door. You will find items created by Jim in 20th Century-Fox’s Master and Command: The Far Side of the World as well as in Universal’s Seabiscuit (2003), The Legend of Zorro(2005), and Warner Brothers’ The Assassination of Jesse James(2006), 3:10 to Yuma(2007), The Revenant (2015), The Hateful Eight ((2015), and in amusement parks in Florida, China, and Korea.