Master Wheelwright Phill Gregson

Demonstrations

As well as producing wheels, carrying out repairs or alterations on vehicles and blacksmithing, We provide a selection of demonstrations, in either Pole Lathe turning or Wheelwrighting. We are also available for consultation and performing lectures on the wheelwright’s trade

Wheelwrighting Demonstrations

As part of a standard wheelwrighting display, we bring along a selection of wheels, tools and equipment including some of our current work, or a demonstration piece to work on in public. If necessary we can provide our own shelter, or work under a marquee. We are insured for public liability and can risk asses any demonstrations. At some larger events we can provide a small selection of carts/ lorries etc for show (this being at extra cost to cover transport).

 

Phill Gregson Wheelwright talking to a woodcarving group

Phill Gregson Wheelwright talking to a woodcarving group

Master Wheelwright Phill Gregson winning The Wellman Trophy at the Royal Cheshire show 2015

Master Wheelwright Phill Gregson winning The Wellman Trophy at the Royal Cheshire show 2015

For a standard Wheelwrighting demonstration, my fee is £180 per day plus expenses. This is negotiable for any event of two days or more.

Apprentice wheelwright assembling wheels at a show

Apprentice Wheelwright Joe Fredricks making spokes for a wooden wheel by hand.

Apprentice Wheelwright Joe Fredricks making spokes for a wooden wheel by hand.

For larger events with separate arenas, we can provide hooping demonstrations (please use the contact form for further details on hooping demonstrations). The cost can vary depending on location and various requirements but most events work out at around £400 per day plus travelling expenses.

Hooping fire

Hooping fire heating up iron tyres

Hooping fire late at night

Freshly hooped tyres around the fire.

 

Pole Lathe Turning

An alternative to Wheelwrighting is Pole Lathe Turning. This involves the process of turning freshly felled (green) timber into turned spindles such as chair legs, rounders bats, wooden balls, candle holders and babies rattles to name just a few. All this can be done without the need for electricity! For this display we would bring along a Shave horse, Pole Lathe and all the tools required to demonstrate the craft to the public. We can provide our own shelter for this demo, as it is best displayed outdoors.

For a standard Pole lathe Turning Demonstration, the fee is the same as for the wheelwrighting.

As a bonus for some woodland based events, we can use timber from your woodland! And the products can be kept either for your organisation to display, sell or donate.