Wheelbarrow Making Class Photos

by | Oct 15, 2023 | 2 comments

Last week’s wheelbarrow making class with Peter Ross was a great success.  And a lot of fun.

First everyone spent a day moving my firewood around, so they could learn the proper use of a wheelbarrow. (I’m mostly kidding.)

My mentor Curtis Buchanan took the class, which was really wonderful.

“I’d like to go home and make another wheel,” Curtis said on the last night. I offered him some wheel wood the next morning as he was loading up, but he’d come to his senses by them. Once a chairmaker, always a chairmaker.

Peter Ross brought a couple forges and everyone made brackets for their wheelbarrows.

We cooked the tires in a fire…

…and hammered them onto their wheels….

…then quick, before it catches fire….

…quench the tire in a vat of water.

Texas chairmaker Blake Loree even got his wheel mounted and took his son for a test drive.

All done! (thanks to Roy Underhill for the photo)

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Walt Beckwith
7 months ago

Elia,
That looks like it was a great get together. Were there 3 wheel designs? I see 4, 6, and 8 spokes.

elia
7 months ago
Reply to  Walt Beckwith

Yes!

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