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Make a traditional cart wheel

1 reviewColyton, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Greg

6 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will put together a 35 inch diameter wheel. Because of the amount of work required we will produce some parts to enable the wheel to be finished in time. Guests will:-
Use spoke shaves to finish spokes,
Drive the spokes into the wooden hub,
True the wheel and tang the spokes using a machine, hand wound, from 1840,
Fit the outer ring of felloes to the wheel
Measure the outside of the wheel with a traditional traveller
Roll the steel tyre and measure it to be shrunk on to the wheel
Light a fire and heat the steel tyre
Fit the tyre to the wheel on the bonding plate, cooling it quickly to shrink all the joints and listen to the wheel "Talking"
We will go over the art and mystery of making a wheel, and at the end of the experience they will have put together a functional wheel.
We will put together a 35 inch diameter wheel. Because of the amount of work required we will produce some parts to enable the wheel to be finished in time. Guests will:-
Use spoke shaves to finish spokes,
Drive the spokes into the wooden hub,
True the wheel and tang the spokes using a machine, hand wound, from 1840,
Fit the outer ring of felloes to the wheel
Measure the outside of the wheel with a traditional travelle…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Hot or cold
From £75
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Greg

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 1 Review
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Wheelwrighting has been in my family since 1331. My father started this business in its current form in 1964. I am currently a Master wheelwright, my father is a master wheelwright also and we believe we are the only father and son masters in the world. I am the Royal Warrant Grantee in the position of wheelwright and also a Liveryman wheelwright with the city of london livery companies. Our newly qualified journeyman is at 21 the youngest in the world also. We are known all over the world for our work on cannon and vehicles, especially heavy horse vehicles and period artillery.
Wheelwrighting has been in my family since 1331. My father started this business in its current form in 1964. I am currently a Master wheelwright, my father is a master wheelwright also and we believe we are the only father and son masters in the world. I am the Royal Warrant Grantee in the position of wheelwright and also a Liveryman wheelwright with the city of london livery companies. Our newly qualified journeyman is at 21 the youngest in the world also. We are known all over the world for o…
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Where you'll be

Everything will be done at the shop. It is an evocative time capsule, where all manner of historic, rarely seen vehicles or articles are made or restored.

1 review

Ellie
January 2019
This was a brilliant surprise birthday present from my family. I really hadn’t got a clue how a traditional wooden wheel was made so the day was a fascinating eye-opener. I loved the hands-on experience, working through all the processes and seeing the wheel come together. Greg (Master Wheelwright) was an excellent guide and tutor and planned the day perfectly. Never a dull moment. From now on, whenever I see a carriage, a cart or a cannon I’ll be checking out the wheels!
This was a brilliant surprise birthday present from my family. I really hadn’t got a clue how a traditional wooden wheel was made so the day was a fascinating eye-opener. I loved t…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

All protective equipment, along with aprons will be provided. Because of the high value of the finished wheels, the wheel is not included in the costs.

What to bring

Sturdy Footwear