First Post:Originally Posted by JeffRenner
I too had never run accross the term "straplings".
It's not in the "dictionary" - but can be found on the web - used during that time period - and even today.
From what I can find "straplings" equates to - in this case - virgin wood.
It's hard to find - but this term still seems to be used mostly to describe small samples of new wood.
There are many words that were used in the past that never made it into the "dictionary".
My interpretion of "fresh oak straplings" is "virgin oak" - which seems to meet the barrel requirements for Bourbon today.
Remember the childhood story of the "Three Little Pigs" ( not what we read in the books - but the original story )
It refers to "straplings" as children:
...Upon a time there lived a homely hog woman, and her three straplings.
They lived in a bare brush hut in the forest, and they did live in squalor, and
they were tortured by many hooligans and wild beasts...