Picking is still a family-owned business but very unlike the kind of Al Capone used to preside over as Godfather.

Back in the Roaring Twenties, Al Capone used to stop off in Bucyrus for a night of sin at an underground Speak Easy while traveling to the East Coast from Chicago. For decades, the Speak Easy in Bucyrus was a forgotten part of a tangled underground network of tunnels.

Each craftsman takes his time to hammer out perfection, often striking up conversation as they work. Picking & Company, to no surprise, gets orders from around the world resulting in some cases, up to 1,874 patterns.

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The Cooper’s son started experimenting with making fudge for the fair and now has his own fudge station inside the family store. One of the lasting impressions at Cooper’s Mill is the 50-gallon copper kettle, which allows slow cooking over a wood-burning hearth. The tour of the craftsmen at work is fascinating, but the building is a visual treat from nook to cranny as it is more than 130 years old and has character unique unto itself.

The walls, furniture, floors, furnaces and workbenches all show more than a century of service.

Glassmaking dates back thousands of years and is one of America’s earliest industries.

Manufacturing glass in the tri-state region of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania became a hotbed for the industry about 100 years ago.

After all, Bucyrus is known as the Bratwurst capitol of the world. Cambridge, Ohio Li’l Glass Houses for All to See Excerpt from a past edition of Ohio Traveler Cambridge, Ohio is filled with little towns known to be the capitals of this and that.

Bucyrus is the bratwurst capital, in Zanesville its pottery and in Cambridge – elegant glass. We’re talking three-inch collectibles that fetch up to a thousand dollars on e Bay.

On a sad note, the day David went to buy an automatic mixer, his father-in-law died before he returned.

Today, the Cooper’s offer a complete behind-the-scenes tour of the entire production process and visitors get to witness the freshness, quality and care that go into every jar.

The tour begins the same place as the copper – by the double doors.