Friday, January 16, 2015

Wheelwrights


Back before the days of cars, Wheelwrights were the tradesmen that built and repaired wagon wheels. It required both woodworking skill, as well as skills similar to a blacksmith. In fact, some blacksmiths were also wheelwrights. The picture above was taken in 1903. Probably not many wheelwrights left outside the amish communities.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful photo. It's interesting to read stories of the various trails (Santa Fe, Oregon, etc.) and realize how important the wheelwrights were, even when they were working in wood rather than metal.

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