Now available: 
Wheelwrighting: A Modern Introduction, Volume 2 

Finally, a companion book to our first very popular book on building carriage and wagon wheels! 
What more is there to say about wheelwrighting, you ask?  This book focuses on the other knowledge needed to operate a wheelwright shop.

Book 2 Cover showing Red River Cart spider

Here are some of the topics:
Making spring wagon brakes and installing cable and hydraulic brakes
-  Building hardtops and recovering folding tops
-  Building poles and shafts
-  Building buggy and wagon seats
-  More on wheel building methods including hubs
-  Building essential equipment for a shop including spoke tenoning machines, tire rollers, rubber tire machines, tire closures and hub borers  
-  Types of wood used in carriage making and wood preparation in different climates
-  PLUS: Instruction on building an entire Red River Cart and a Buckboard
-  Appendices include important information on resources for Wheelwrights

·   Written in collaboration with knowledgeable wheelwrights from Canada and USA
·   Filled with over 300 drawings and photos
Coil binding—it will lay flat when open on workbench; 341 pages packed with information
·   You will NOT find this information all in one place available anywhere else — making this a MUST HAVE reference

Wheelwrighting: A Modern Introduction, 2nd Edition

This general reference book is accessible to beginners while at the same time challenging to intermediate level wheelwrights. Lots of information—the chapters guide the reader through the steps in building spiders—the first step in wheel building—for Sarven hubs, bolted hubs, wagon hubs and carriage hubs. Subsequent chapters follow the progressive steps in wheel construction, from pointing and tenoning spokes to installing felloes and setting tires. There is a chapter on boring and boxing hubs to complete the wheel building sequence. A large number of appendices provide additional information on where to find wheelwright training, reference information for wheelwrights, measured drawings for building wheelwrighting tools, as well as technical sections on such topics as dish. Carriage wheels, carriage hubs, wagon wheels, general Wheelwrighting and Wheelwright training – this book has it covered.

Cover Book 1 showing several spiders

Here are some of the topics:

-  Building and repairing a Sarven Wheel
-  Building Common Hubs
Putting on Felloes (Rims) and Setting Tires

-  Putting on Rubber Tires
Building Canon Wheels
Explanation of 'dish'
Diagrams on how to build tools 
Drying Wood

Resources for Wheelwrights, including where to get training

Still a very popular book even after 14 years!!!   
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·  Written in collaboration with knowledgeable wheelwrights from Canada and USA

·  370 pages including 147 drawings and 230 photos

·  Coil binding - it will lay flat when open on workbench; 341 pages packed with information

·  The Most Comprehensive Book on building carriage and wagon wheels - EVER!

Looking for Appendix G, mentioned in the book but it is nowhere to be found???  CLICK HERE
(Some of our first printings omitted this appendix but it is now there and can also be found in our second book.
Appendix G is a chart that will help you determine the spacing of the spokes within the fellows when making a wheel.

Pricing - the same pricing and S&H costs apply to both books -
Cheques or Money Orders preferred  - if you wish to pay through Pay Pal, or use a credit card over the phone, please contact us and we will provide the information needed to do so. If questions, please ask!  See contact information below.

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BC, AB CAD 49.50 14.00 2.48 65.98
SK CAD 49.50 18.00 2.48 69.98
MB, ON & Eastern Canada CAD 49.50 20.00 2.48 71.98

* As this is an educational book only the GST (5%) applies to sales within Canada.


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Cottonwood Press, 653 Morison Avenue, Parksville, BC   V9P 1G3

Telephone     1-250-248-5914       FAX     1-250-951-0621        E-mail:     info   
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Other places to get this book:

In US:  (in alphabetical order)

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop
40979 245 Street, Letcher, SD 57359
Phone:  (605) 996-8754
Fax:  (605) 996-2686 
for products, projects or to shop online  OR
to view the information about purchasing this book online.

Mischka Press/Rural Heritage Magazine
P.O. Box 2067, Cedar Rapids, Iowa   52406
Phone:  (319) 362-3027

Wild Horse Books & Art  (Kayo Fraser)
255 Boulder Road, Deer Lodge, Montana 59722
Phone: (406) 846-3686


Witmer Coach Shop
1070 W. Main Street, New Holland, PA   17557 
Phone: 717-656-3411        Fax:  717-656-4311


In Australia:

Kerry Riehl
8 Beacon Court
Torrington, QLD
Australia  4350

In Canada:

Alberta Carriage Supply                  
Terry Bailey   
Box 9, Site 27,  R.R. #7,
Calgary, AB   T2P 2G7                                              
The Western Canadian source for all your wheel & wagon building needs

Remington Carriage Museum

PO Box 1649, Cardston, AB  T0K 0K0
Phone:   403-653-5139