We have a true passion for barrels

 

Adirondack (ADK) Barrel Cooperage is owned and operated by Joe & Kelly Blazosky in Remsen, New York. ADK Barrel is the only cooperage in Central New York. We artfully blend the precision technology of European woodworking equipment with skillful craftsmanship to build high quality American White Oak (Quercus alba) barrels.

 

Meet the Team


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Owner/Partner & Cooper

Joe Blazosky

After many years of owning his own construction company, Joe turned his 35 years of master carpentry and finish woodworking skills toward learning and perfecting the art of barrel making. While mentoring with master cooper Rick DeFerrari at Oregon Barrel Works, learning traditional French coopering methods, Joe quickly formed a passion for barrel making. Applying that knowledge toward the development of a new cooperage in upstate New York, Joe set out to build a better barrel for the craft beverage industry. He has focused on every aspect from sourcing only the best 36-month air dried export grade American white oak to precision CNC stave jointing, blending technologically advanced charring and toasting with traditional coopering methods, down to the smallest details including embossed rivet heads. Adirondack Barrel Cooperage produces the finest high-quality barrels with unparalleled consistency.


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Owner & Partner

Kelly Blazosky

Kelly handles the behind the scenes operations for Adirondack Barrel Cooperage. With 19 years executive experience in travel and tourism industry as president of Destination Marketing Organizations in Ohio and New York, she brings a broad knowledge of marketing, grant writing and business operations to the company. As New York State began to focus on the craft beverage industry as a key economic driver, Kelly and Joe identified the lack of cooperage availability as a gap in the industry. Together they started Adirondack Barrel Cooperage, taking it from entrepreneurial concept to fully operational within three years, serving 100+ craft beverage producers with premium high-quality barrels.


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Apprentice Cooper

Vinny Blazosky

Vinny is Joe and Kelly’s nephew. The son of Joe’s late brother John Blazosky. Vinny brings 15 years of residential and commercial carpentry skills and experience to Adirondack Barrel Cooperage. He has skillfully transferred his woodworking knowledge to the art of barrel making as an apprentice cooper. Vinny, his wife Dana and son, Vinny Jr., live in Utica with their sweet bluetick, Ellie Mae.


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Apprentice Cooper

Aaron Buel

Aaron is Joe and Kelly’s nephew. The son of Joe’s sister and brother-in-law, Rosanne and Mike Buell of Marietta, Ohio. He holds a degree in Educational Studies with a minor in Mathematics from Kent State University. After evaluating career options, Aaron decided to move to upstate New York to join our growing team at Adirondack Barrel Cooperage as an apprentice cooper. Aaron resides in Whitesboro with his cat, Jeffy.


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Apprentice Cooper

Dave Irons

After retiring from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43, Dave was ready for a new challenge. His 18 years of experience as a Journeyman Wireman, construction knowledge and related carpentry skills provided the perfect foundation to transition into a second career as an apprentice cooper. Dave and his wife Beth reside in Rome, NY. They have a daughter, Dana, who lives in Denver, CO.


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