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maine moose



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:25 pm    Post subject: Wheelright  Reply with quote

Well folks if the rain is getting you down and you fancy a look at an old craft a mate of mine is doing a detestation of wheelrighting  in  The Atkinson Southport. They are making / rebuilding a Southport shrimping cart, Phil Gregson is doing the wheelrighting. He was awarded his Master wheelright just this February he is a 4th generation wheelright I think (I know his granddad a real old school craftsman) he was saying you could get all the Master Wheelrights into one car. He's on face book have a look the  wheelrights shop is his page.
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maine moose



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:17 am    Post subject: wheelright Reply with quote

in the paper today http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk...kinson-this-week-101022-34335224/  
have a look
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its vital that these old skills are retained, its a shame for them to disappear. Once they're gone, they're gone forever.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - I'll take a look at his FB page later. My Grandad was a wheelwright, farrier and blacksmith. I can't remember ever seeing him make a wheel, although I do have a few old photos and his apprenticeship papers. I can distinctly remembering him shoeing old cart horse though and in later years doing more intricate metal work alongside mending old machinery and making gates.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My ancestors were obviously barrel makers.  I don't think that are many if any Coopers left in the UK. Most barrels these days are made on the continent for the wine industry.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had one in 2009.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodan...icts-demise-of-barrel-making.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know there is a cooper still trading he on Phil's page based in Birkenhead, Phil's granddad Edward Crowhurst use to do craft shows round the place, last time I over he had taken up coopering as a bit of a hobby and made an oak pin size barrel just for fun. Wanted it for my cider making but a no go  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you see those barrels I got last year? North American oak, made in Spain and then shipped to France.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw your pics smart looking barrels there's some on Ebay and a home brewing site just the price puts me off ...lol
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well folks just to keep you all up to date Phil was being filmed today by the BBC Countryfile program. I seen lots of the stills that where  taken whilst it going on, looks good. When the date for viewing gets know I will let you folks know.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Phil will be on the BBC Countryfile this Sunday it will show him hooping iron shod wheels he made and a shrimping cart out on Southport sands. Lets hope its a good show after all the work he put in to it  
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll book it in to watch MM.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually watch Countryfile look forward to seeing it
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Timer set
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just watched the program on catch up, he did a great job with the wheel.  

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