And he coopered with fury in the interval of the boats coming down the Rhine.
Wooden vessels, either turned or coopered were in common use as table furniture.
For Jeanne and I had coopered it up only last year, so that her passengers might land without risking their lives each time.
"craftsman who makes wooden vessels," attested from late 12c. as a surname, either from Old English (unattested) or from a Low German source akin to Middle Dutch cuper, East Frisian kuper, from Low German kupe (German Kufe) "cask," cognate with Medieval Latin cupa (see coop (n.)).
A dry cooper makes casks, etc., to hold dry goods, a wet cooper those to contain liquids, a white cooper pails, tubs, and the like for domestic or dairy use. [OED]The surname Cowper (pronounced "cooper") preserves a 15c. spelling.