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Wheelwrighting - a three day course

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Wheelwrighting - a three day course

Course Provider: Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Contact Name: Sarah Green

Telephone: 01694 781307

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Wenlock Lodge
Acton Scott
Church Stretton

Course Length: Three days: Fri, Sat, Sun, 10-4

Price: £295

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Course Start Dates
Friday 13th October 2017


Wheel-wrighting three day course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

During this three day course (Friday to Sunday), for just four participants with some woodworking experience, you will be guided through the many processes required to make a traditional wheel. You will lathe turn an elm log into a hub before mortising it on the mortising machine. Then the oak spokes are cut out, shaped and fitted, the tangs cut, and the four felloes fitted. You will then fit the ironwork, including hub loops and spindles, before finally shrinking on the hot tyre.

You will take home a beautiful small wheel that you have crafted yourself, either to fit to a traditional wheelbarrow (construction plans will be provided) or to treasure as a memento of your experience!

Tutor: Mike Davies
Mike is a trained wheelwright with a fascination for the craft. He has been making wheels for seven years and enjoys relating the techniques to other people.

Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for your course and bring a waterproof jacket.

If your nearest and dearest would like to accompany you on your course please enquire about reduced rate lunches and a discounted ticket to visit the working farm.

If you are considering staying overnight or attending the course as part of a
longer break, a range of local accommodation is available, including farm bed and breakfast, hotels and guest houses. For details please call Church Stretton Visitor Information Centre on 01694 723133 or visit the town’s website.

A range of holiday cottages are also available on the Acton Scott estate; for further information, please get in touch.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is an outdoor site. Most areas are wheelchair accessible, but please be aware that the farm yard is cobbled and the ground often uneven. If you have any access concerns, please contact us. When booking please advise us of any medical conditions or special requirements.

Payment for courses
Course places must be paid for at the time of booking. Your place is not secure until paid for in full. If you have to cancel your booking, please inform Acton Scott Historic Working Farm as soon as possible by telephone and confirm in writing or by email. If you cancel your booking more than four weeks before the course start date, 90% of the course fee will be refunded (10% of the course fee will be reserved to cover administrative costs). You may use your fee towards an alternative course. If you cancel your booking less than four weeks before the course start date, fees paid will not be refunded unless the course was full and your place can be re-sold.

Please contact us via the form or phone number above to book your place!

What's included in the price?

Lunch, refreshments, tools and materials all included. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

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