have a need to refer to a variety of sources of information in order to build or
restore a wheel or vehicle.
This is the page that will get you connected to those resources.
1. Books, Plans and Magazines
it is helpful to have some reading material to engage our minds and see what is
possible or what others are doing. (in alphabetical order)
Other Organizations (Museums & Heritage Sites)
It can be helpful to see an
actual vehicle or the type you plan to build or restore. Listed below are some
of the Museums and Heritage sites who have collections.
Organizations (Associations, etc.)
If you are interested
in wheelwrighting you may also have an interest in another related craft such as
blacksmithing or you may be interested in miniature carriages and wagons. Here
are some sites that you may find interesting.
Bolt & Rivet Supply
PO Box 80830, Portland, OR 97280
Supplies fasteners to
the blacksmithing trade and has lots of items for restoring old
vehicles. For example, square-head lag bolts, square-head machine bolts, square
nuts, slotted-head wood screws, solid iron rivets, plow
bolts, tire bolts and carriage bolts. His website is well worth visiting.
Buckets and Barrels
Ian McKenzie 250-478-2387
Before the advent of plastics, many utility containers
were made of wood. In the kitchen were wood water buckets, wood containers for
dried food and barrels of various sizes for oil or other liquids. If you want
the home to have a bit of rustic character try adding some wood furnishings to
give it that special feeling.
Cannon Parts Ltd.
Ken Creswell 865-573-8045
Supplying Civil War era reproduction cannon irons made primarily from
investment cast steel. Primary focus on Field and 1st Model
Prairie Irons. Offering period correct square
nuts, eye pins, etc. and miscellaneous other irons.
I Forge Iron
This very well-done website provides an opportunity for blacksmiths to share information. Under "Forum" people can post information and
everyone else can access the information. Another tab is called "Chat" is where
individuals can sign on 24/7 and chat directly with others who are on-line at
the same time to discuss blacksmithing and/or related topics. You must sign in to be a
member but there is NO COST and there are lots and lots of photos, threads and
posts to view and participate in. Check it out soon.
The Guild of
A unique organization in the
United Kingdom devoted to the precision scale modeling of all horse drawn
agricultural machinery, carts and wagons; light and heavy commercial vehicles;
passenger and road vehicles and caravans.
Barrow Farm, Rode, Frome, Somerset BA11 6PS Great Britain
Phone: +44 (0) 1373-830151
Fax: +44 (0) 1373-830516
Books galore on a wide range of mechanical topics - steam, hot air
engines, trains and boats and planes. Even our wheelwright book - Wheelwrighting: A Modern Introduction. Much more. Full color booklist
available free or from their website.
Astragal Press (an imprint of Finney Company, Inc.)
5995 - 149 Street, West, Suite 105
Apple Valley, MN
|Buggy Builders Bulletin
Editor: Everette Burkholder
795 Mason Street
Dayton, VA 22821
Phone: (540) 879-9260
A trade journal serving the horse-drawn vehicle industry to the U.S.
and Canada. U.S. subscriptions are 12 issues $25 or 24 issues for $48
Classified ads are reasonably priced. For Canada, 1 year
subscription is $30.00 in US funds and for 2 years, it is $55.00
|Carriage Association of America
3915 Jay Trump Road
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 231-0971
Fax: (859) 231-0973
Books on carriage making, reprints of carriage company catalogues and
The Carriage Association of America is the oldest and largest
organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and use of
horse-drawn carriages and sleighs in North America.
|Carriage Museum of America - Library
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511
Phone: (859) 259-2933
This library has an extensive list of plans available as well as a book
"Working Drawings of Horse Drawn Vehicles" which is excellent.
The also have a large collection of old carriage journals which are full
of vehicle designs. This is a good place to do your research. Their books
on various aspects of the carriage trade are well worth buying. They have
an extensive list of books for sale on various aspects of the carriage
trade. The Carriage Museum of America is a Library to serve as a
source of historically accurate technical information on animal-drawn
vehicles and related subjects. It is the only full time library dedicated
exclusively to the Carriage Industry. Incorporated in 1978 as a non-profit
567 Yadkin Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387
This magazine is North America’s largest driving publication. It
covers all phases of driving from the tradition-laden coaches and their
whips to the casual runabout piloted by someone who just likes to take
their rig out for an occasional Sunday ride. In addition they have
articles on the various carriage sales throughout the world and the art of
restoration and conservation as practiced by today’s craftsmen.
Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop
400979 - 245 Street
Letcher, SD 57359
Phone: (605) 996-8754
Fax: (605) 996-2686
Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop has grown to be the premier builder of
authentic, horse-drawn vehicles. For thirty-five years their experieinced
staff of dedicated craftsmen have fashioned a line of superior quality
wagons, wheels, and equipment to suit a wide range of individual budgets and
interests. They have an online store that sells books, plans, gears, wheels,
parts and accessories. They
also carry the book, Wheelwrighting: A Modern Introduction.
Wild Horse Books & Art
255 Boulder Road
Deer Lodge, Montana 59722
Phone: (406) 846-3686
Kayo Fraser has an excellent selection of books on
carriages, carriage driving, restoration as well as plans for horse-drawn
vehicles. She has an extensive inventory of plans, including Ivan Collins,
John Thompson, William West and Southwest Wagon and Wheelwrights. She also
carries the book, Wheelwrighting: A Modern Introduction.
365 Old Melbourne Road
Everything for the Harness Horse - mini to draught sizes. Supplier of
parts and materials to vehicle restorers. Lee Grover has transferred
most of his business to Andrew Pinches in Victoria, Australia. Same good
service and products, including the book, Wheelwrighting, A Modern
PO Box 2067
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Phone: (319) 362-3027 or 1-877-647-2452
Fax: (319) 362-3046
Website MIschka Press:
Website Rural Heritage: www.ruralheritage.com
The largest selection of items dedicated to choosing, caring for and
training draft horses, mules and driving horses. Books about small-scale
farming with horses, horse-drawn implements and vehicles, the Amish, old and
new barns, horse-logging, ice harvesting, and lots more! Mischka Farm
now stocks and sells over 150 items of interest to their draft horse,
driving horse, and mule customers. These items include books, videos,
calendars, posters, postcards, notepaper, and Christmas cards. We have
become the largest publisher and reseller of these specialized items in the
P.O. Box 2067
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Phone: (319) 362-3027
Rural Heritage is a bimonthly journal that has been in print since
1976, and online since 1997. It is in support of small farmers and loggers
who use draft horse, mule and ox power.
|Small Farmer’s Journal
P.O. Box 1627, 192 W. Barclay,
Sisters, Oregon 97759-1627 USA
Phone: 541-549-2064 or 800-876-2893
The Small Farmers Journal sells a variety of plans for horse draw
vehicles. Including Adams express wagon, Yellowstone coach, sheepherders
wagon, belly dump wagon and more. They also sell books, some of which are
on horse drawn vehicles.
Division of Transportation, Rm. 5010
National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 633-1000
The Smithsonian Institution sells detailed plans of such vehicles as
Conestoga Wagons and concord coaches and more. Contact them for a full
list of what they have.
Some of the museums and
heritage sites that have carriage collections.
(in alphabetical order)
Cobb & Co. Museum
27 Lindsay Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
This museum has a coachmakers atlas of scale drawings 3
volumes, Coachbuilder Book of Designs.
Vernon, BC V1T 6M8
Phone: (250) 542-7868
Fax: (250) 542-7868
The O’Keefe Ranch was established in 1867 and operated
by the O’Keefe family for the next 110 years. In it’s earliest days,
the ranch was at the end of the wagon road into the Okanagan Valley, and
the site of the stagecoach depot for the Okanagan. For forty years it was
the home of the Okanagan Post Office, the first in the valley. The
O’Keefe Ranch played a major role in the history of the North Okanagan.
The Historic O’Keefe Ranch is more than a glimpse back into the
past at the lifestyles, values and artifacts of the past. It is a memorial
to the ranchers and cowboys who came to British Columbia from around the
world to make a new life for themselves. Their legacy lives on, enriching
our own lives and connecting us to our heritage and our beginnings.
Pioneer Acres MuseumBox 58, Irricana, Alberta T0M 1B0
Check out their website for links to other pioneer
museums and websites in Canada.
|Remington Carriage Museum
P.O. Box 1649
Cardston, AB T0K 0K0
Phone: (403) 653-5139
Fax: (403) 653-5160
The Remington Carriage Museum features over 250 horse-drawn vehicles and
provides visitors with an authentic experieince with 19th and early 20th
century horse-drawn transportation. They hold workshops in restoration each
year in September.
Reynolds-Alberta MuseumP.O. Box 6360
Wetaskiwin, AB T9A 2G1
OR 1-800-661-4726 (toll free)
The Reynolds-Alberta Museum has a transportation theme
and has many horse-drawn vehicles.
Smithsonian Museum: National Museum of American History14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20560
Visitor Information: (202) 357-2700
The Smithsonian has one of the premier collections of
horse-drawn vehicles in the U.S.
Western Development Museum2610 Lorne Avenue, South
Saskatoon, Sask. S7J 0S6
Phone: (306) 931-1910
Fax: (306) 934-0525
The western development museum has a large collection of
vehicles used in western Canada. Moreover their satellite museums in
Saskatoon, North Battleford, Moose Jaw, and Yorkton also have vehicles on
display. They also teach wheelwrighting for one week each year in
for a list of their courses or go to their
website is well worth the visit and includes a calendar of events.
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