Online Catalogue last updated 25th of June 2012
Produced by The Carriage Museum of America and Don Peloubet. The last half of the nineteenth century marked a huge transition in carriage building from individual carriage shops to large, industrialized carriage factories. A major factor in this transition was the concurrent change in the manufacture of wheels - from individual wheelwrighting to industrial wheelmaking. This book is a compilation of articles in wheelmaking taken from late 19th century journals published in America for the carriage industry. It chronicles an industry being transformed, partly by a spate of new patented designs, but chiefly by the advent of power machinery and the mechanization of the wheelmaking process. The articles are divided into ten sections: the first is a long overview of wheelmaking technologies of the time, followed by sections on the dishing of wheels, hubs, spokes, felloes and rims, tyres, rubber tyres, patent wheels and wheel repair. Taken together, the article give the reader a full understanding of the fast-moving changes that took place in the wheelmaking industry during the late 19th century, how the various new patents and processes worked, and how the various experts in the field felt about them. This is a fascinating book, full of detailed information valuable both to the general reader and to the practising wheelwright.
Code No. 007783, 248 pages, ISBN 1879335735, $50.00