PAINT YOUR WAGON
Building wagon wheels at Millbrook Village.
SHOP OWNER: Jim Kyle
LOCATION: Millbrook, NJ
This is a photo of a goat cart that two of my co-workers and I built at Millbrook Village this past season. This was the result of a 4-day class on how to build wagon wheels and eventually we made a suitable goat cart.
The project construction followed much in the tradition of the 1800's wheelwright and wainwright. The wheels consist of ash felloes (the wooden rim), hickory spokes, and white oak hubs. Elm would have been the preferred choice but it is not available. The cargo box, made up of red oak panels, has an opening tailgate. The project was an enjoyable learning experience. The result is that we now have two additional members of the Village that can build wheels.
The tool cabinet was also a project completed this season. There never seems to be enough storage space for the tools of the trade. I still have to allocate the space in the doors better to accommodate the tools.
The Wagon Shop at Millbrook is one of twenty-six buildings that make up the Village. Located on the New Jersey side of the river, Millbrook Village is a part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.. . . Jim Kyle
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