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Can anyone tell me where I can find a wheelwright school or someone who offers a class on wheelmaking near Saratoga Springs, NY?



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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 931 days ago

There’s a fella in our county that repairs a good many of the under carriages from the old cannons that are in all of the parks scattered across the country. He actually mostly makes a whole new carriage, including the wheels. I think his main customer is the National Park Service. It may be his only customer. From what I understand he’s made his living doing that for many years. I had heard from word of mouth that he was looking for a younger man to train and take over because he’s around 75 years old. There’s also a Lumberjock that restores horse buggies and carriages. He might know of one. He’s put up some of his restorations as projects. You might do a search and find him on Lumberjocks and send him a PM. I can’t recall his user name.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 931 days ago

I just did a search and this must be the Lumberjock I was thinking of.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33378

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DMJ

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#3 posted 931 days ago

Thanks for the info and the quick reply! I’ll look into these 2 leads you gave me.
Dan (DMJ)

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jjw5858

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#4 posted 931 days ago

Not sure if this is of any help…..its not a school…but a great show on how to make a smaller wheelbarrow cart wheel with a lot of education and history on the craft. If you have not seen this already and enjoy the aspects of learning about wheelrighting this is a small start from Roy.
Also I am assuming you have the book Wheelright shop…..but if you don’t it is a must read!

http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/2600/2609.html

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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DMJ

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#5 posted 930 days ago

I remember seeing this show awhile back. I’ll check the link out. I know of the Wheelwright’s Shop book, by George Sturt. But I haven’t read it yet… I’m looking to purchase it or check it out of our library if they have it. I appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!
Dan

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DMJ

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#6 posted 930 days ago

jjw5858,
I just watched Roy Underhill make the wheelbarrow wheel on the link you sent me. This was very helpful. Thanks again.
Dan

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