Wrights and Coopers

25 Apr Wrights and Coopers

CoopersArms-150x150The Wrights and Coopers have always represented a broad church of craftsmen, with men using common materials and tools in their line of work, all falling under the shared umbrella when the Seven Incorporated Trades was established.

These included wheelwrights, millwrights, cartwrights, shipwrights and housewrights – the term once used to describe those in the joinery trade. The coopers represented a sizeable proportion of the membership along with members taken from the ranks of woodturners, carvers and cabinetmakers.

The artistry and talents of generations of craftsmen live on in modern guises through today’s members, adapting to meet modern requirements without losing sight of the commitment to quality the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen has always promised to uphold and promote.

Current Role of Members and Date Joined:

Alistair D. Garden 1955 Tom S. Ironside 1982 Alan Steele  2007
George H. Petrie 1958 Philip M. Rowson 1987 Kevin W. Bowie  2013
W. Allan Duncan 1960 Bryan D. Keith 1993 Garry R. Murray  2016
George S. Stevenson 1970 Scott W. McDonald 1993
Robert W. G. Constable 1971 Graham W. Cruickshank 1997
Roderick M. Garvie 1973 Mark A. Constable 1999
Gordon S. Duncan 1975 Graeme A. Thomson 1999
Philip G. Taylor 1980 Leslie W. Milne 2002

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27 Oct Recognition for Deeside Apprentices

Deacon Lan Steele, Paul Taylor and Darren ReidThe Wrights and Coopers Incorporation hosted a special award ceremony, in Trinity Hall, to recognise and honour apprentices in their trade.

Deacon Alan Steele, presented Paul Taylor and Darren Reid with certificates.  Both young men are employed by local companies and attend North East College on a day release basis.  The Wrights and Coopers have a strong association with the College and encourage students along their journey.

Darren was named runner up in the Gordon Archibald Award, which is awarded annually in memory of Gordon Archibald, a former Deacon of the Wrights and Coopers, who died in 2007 after 54 years membership of the Incorporation.  Paul was presented with a bronze award.

Please read the full story, as featured in the Deeside Piper.

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18 Nov Trades House of Glasgow welcomes Aberdeen Trade

The Coopers Trade of the Trades of Glasgow  held their Annual Dinner Dance on Friday 2 March in the Trades Hall. Deacon John Balding welcomed 175 members and guests, including 43 of our associates of the Worshipful Company of Coopers from London and representatives from the Irvine Incorporated Trades (Coopers) and of the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen (Wrights and Coopers). A very successul evening was enjoyed by all.

An excellent key-note speech and toast to The Trades House of Glasgow was given by James Wardrop OBE DL and a fulsome reply was provided by John R Steele, Deacon Convenor. The company welcomed a visitation by the Deacon and Collector of the Incorporation of Tailors in Glasgow. Collector Iain Lockhart gavea the toast to The Ladies and the evening concluded with dancing to the music of “The Rhythm Kings” Jazz band.

The event raised two thousand pounds for the charity Quarriers Epilepsy centre in Govan.

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28 Nov Second McDonald Prize Winner for Aberdeen Wrights & Coopers

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Alan Steele of the Aberdeen Wrights & Coopers is the second member of the organisation to win the McDonald Prize for Carpentry, Joinery & Glazing Studies.
The Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow presents prestigious annual prizes for excellence in Carpentry, Joinery and Glazing work.
Following on from Tom Ironside who won in 1977 for the Mort Cloth Cabinet situated in Trinity Hall, Alan won the prize in 2008 for his Essay Piece produced as his admission test piece to the Trades. For the full article, please click here.

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18 Nov The McDonald Prize for Carpentry, Joinery & Glazing Studies

Fleshers Mortcloth case in Oak, designed and made by Tom Ironside

In 1997 Tom Ironside of the Aberdeen Wrights & Coopers Incorporation won the McDonald Prize for the design and manufacture of the Fleshers Mortcloth case in Oak.
The Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow presents prestigious annual prizes for excellence in Carpentry, Joinery and Glazing work.
The work put forward for judging must be the finished article in wood or glazing which demonstrates the skill of the entrant as Carpenter, Joiner or Glazier. There is a first and second prize for Carpentry and or Joinery Work with an additional prize for Glazing. For the full article, please click here.

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21 Aug Kevin Bowie’s Essay pieces

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn the 21st August 2013 Kevin Bowie completed his application process as a member of the Wrights & Coopers, by completing the two excellent examples of craftsmanship below.  Having joined the Trade earlier last month, his admission as a Burgess of Trade was carried out at the Towns House this morning.  Kevin now has full rights as a member of the Wrights & Coopers Incorporation.

Click on the images below for details on each essay piece.

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31 May Trades Boost for Deeside Alzheimers

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In May 2013, the Wrights and Coopers held a successful race night in the historic Trinity Hall. Attendees dug deep and the monies raised were presented to Fran Kelly, a representative of South Aberdeenshire Service of Alzheimers Scotland by Deacon Graeme Thomson.

Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families. They provide local services such as information and advice, support groups and day centres, which provide the chance for sufferers to socialise and enjoy activites and outings and giving carers a break.

A full article was published in the Deeside Piper

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