Welcome to Wheelwright’s Shop, Lancashire.
Welcome to the Wheelwright’s Shop site! This is my attempt to bring Wheelwrighting into a modern age.
Here at Wheelwright’s shop we restore all kinds of wooden wheels, traditional carts, wagons and historic vehicles. We also make bespoke metalwork, mill timber, design and build bespoke joinery pieces for specialised situations.
This could be the place to come for your bespoke project?
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The Wheelwright | documentary from Sam Birch on Vimeo. Phill Shows off his skills in the Wheelwright’s shop and out working the woodland with his working horses Bear and Arnie. Featuring Aaron Gregson and Joe Fredricks, Journeyman Wheelwright.
Bear and Arnie hard at work towing the BBC Breakfast Suffrage caravan.
This short film shows a behind the scenes of how the wagon was built as a working prop, lightweight and versatile.
Please feel free to browse and don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries.
Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights,
2014 Churchill Fellow
Interested in woodworking? We supply specialist and bespoke timbers from our sawmill in lancashire.
Wheelwright’s shop has been involved in different stages of many projects from re-enactment to art and social projects.
Fit for purpose Wheelwrighting…
It is important to us at Wheelwright’s Shop to ensure the survival of the craft and to ensure the correct skills are passed on.
Many Wheelwrights these days are self taught and have many bad techniques that lead weak wheels. Today we have a vast wealth of knowledge from our family’s previous generations, small snippets of knowledge that ensure a high quality wheel that is fit for purpose.
Many of the wheels we replace or repair have been attempted before and in some cases made worse. It is important to consider the intended use for a wheel and to ensure that the wheel is fit for that purpose! It is all too easy for people to use cheap, inferior materials to cut cost and improve profitability but woods like pine, shorea and idigbo to name a few, aren’t suitable for working wooden wheels.
There are many reasons why we use oak, ash and elm, it may be at times necessary to replace elm with a more easily obtainable timber but it is important to research the alternatives to find the most suitable replacement.
We have endeavoured to undertake extensive research into suitable timber supplies and replacement woods with a Churchill fellowship to the USA and a passion for studying history find out more