The long jointer at Williamsburg is about 5 or 5 1/2 feet long as you
can see at
The long jointers (2) at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park are both
approximately 6 feet long, which seems to be the most common size.
Sadly, demonstrations have been recently abandoned by State Parks, so
they can no longer be seen "in action." I have demonstrated the one in
the cooper's shop, and there is one in the carpenter's shop. Currently
they are standing on end and leaning against the walls. I still
demonstrate coopering (as well as carpentry) at James Marshall Gold
Discovery Site State Historic Park, and occasionally at Fort Ross. At
Ross I use period appropriate Russian tools. Russian coopers were
"craftsmen of necessity" using fewer tools than Anglo/American, Spanish,
German and French coopers.
Yes, it is the stave that is in action.
Mike in Woodland