The thirst for crafted hooch is fueling a coopering revival
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Five miles from the world’s largest rocking chair and just beyond a barbecue joint with bathrooms labeled his’n and her’n is a field piled high with slices of oak. Those staves belong to McGinnis Wood Products, a family cooperage in Cuba, Mo., whose barrels are in such high demand that the company has already turned away double the number of orders that it has the capacity to fill this year. “Years ago, me and Dad started traveling the country telling everybody this was coming,” says Don McGinnis, president of the business his father Leroy started in 1968. “Some people were just plumb rude about it.