"Robert Lamb the box maker's yard was next door to Beaverbank Motor where
I worked, and across the yard from the garage was their cooperage
newly fledged cooper did have to make a barrel from scratch and ended up
in the barrel with every thing that you could imagine added to the barrel.
As there were no showers in those days, the poor lad had to clean himself
up the best he could and then finish his shift and then go home.
Fortunately some of them could walk home but it was tough luck if they
stayed quite a distance from the works.
Now this was the same ceremony, I Was Told at the Time, for every
cooperage in Edinburgh, and apparently the apprentice motor mechanic got
much the same treatment but without the barrel.