Category Archives: carriage

Shaker or Gothic?

With a few days spare between projects I have been looking ahead to the summer where I shall be exhibiting at some Rural Shows in the East of England. I earn my living as a wheelwright, a maker of wooden wheels, and … Continue reading

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Did I get my Doctorate?

In an earlier post I recounted a tale that on a visit to the south coast I came across a “Chair Doctors” a term I hadn’t seen or heard of for ages. Its not quite as good as  a “sagger … Continue reading

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Why Bother Making it?

Now  I don’t claim to be a blacksmith, my primary skill is as a wheelwright, so I have a Blacksmith’s forge to support that, enabling me to make all manner of little parts and pieces. For example today I needed to … Continue reading

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What would you tell a 15 Year old?

I have been asked to talk to a group of 15 year old students as part of a series of talks on the subject of careers. They are looking for someone to give an alternative view to the “You must … Continue reading

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Accident or Design?

As a Craftsmen I love my job, it offers variety and every day is different, that’s  until I get take on a big project with a timescale, when it suddenly becomes a production line. I have spent the last couple of … Continue reading

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Can you repair Carriage Wheels?

When I am not making videos or writing books most  of my time  is spent being a Wheelwright. Historically this would be defined as someone who made carriage wheels, however these days it is also the repair of carriage wheels, as there are … Continue reading

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Craftsmen today are not what they were!

One of my current projects started out as “just replace the spoke” on a wheel dating from about 1880. Now as a rule I don’t rush to attract repair work, there are always issues, but like everyone else I have bills to pay, … Continue reading

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