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The wheelwright

Douglas Andrews

The Workshop / The Hub / Three Cups / Heathfield / East Sussex / TN21 9RD
01435 830776

Dates of filming: 15th May, 26th June, 12th July, 2nd August 2007

Some crafts continue with a more formal structure of organisation and training to provide an avenue for new entrants. Where there is steady demand for their highly specialist products, they can survive in the modern business environment.

Douglas Andrews was filmed during the course of making a new set of wheels for a nineteenth century threshing machine - part of the collection of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum. Tyring the wheel is the most dramatic part of the process with lots of opportunity for things to go wrong, especially at the point where the hot tyre is hammered down over the rim.

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