Here they are - the most
frequently asked questions...
1. What is a wheelwright?
The term wheelwright in the narrowest sense means
someone who builds wooden wheels for horse-drawn
vehicles. Today, many people who designate themselves wheelwrights
also do carriage construction and restoration.
2. How do I become a wheelwright?
One of the best ways is to learn from a
practicing wheelwright. Also, there are beginners courses offered in
both the US and Canada. For more information go to Training.
3. Do I have to be a member of the WCWA to take these courses?
No, anyone can take the courses.
4. Do I have to be a professional wheelwright to join the
No, although many of our members are
professional, some are semi professional and others pursue
wheelwrighting as a hobby. Moreover some of our members are simply
interested in the horse drawn vehicles, or interested in related
trades such as blacksmithing.
5. Do I have to live in Western Canada to be a member of the
No, Our members are scattered all over
Canada, the United States and England. We recently had the pleasure
of welcoming a member from Australia.
6. What’s the whole point of joining the Association?
The WCWA was created by a group of western
Canadian wheelwrights as a way of furthering our craft through
sharing information. We needed a way to encourage new wheelwrights
by providing them with the information they need to find the
materials and learn the skills required to do their job. One of the
ways we share information is through our newsletter called, The
7. I don’t like meetings. If I join the WCWA am I going to
have a lot of meetings or other obligations dumped on me?
We don’t like meetings either! Most of us live
too far from each other to get together regularly for meetings even
if we wanted to. The Association has one meeting a year, usually at
a museum somewhere and the meeting part is kept short. Attendance is
purely voluntary, but many members enjoy coming because the program
accompanying the meeting is interesting, and it’s a good chance to
exchange information with other wheelwrights.
8. What do I get for my membership dues?
Membership in the WCWA entitles you to receive The
Traveller which comes out three times a year. The Traveller
contains technical information, news about various members,
information about upcoming events and courses as well as book
reviews, information on where to find vehicle plans and parts.
9. Alright, I’m convinced how do I join?
You will find the application for joining on this
web site. Go to Membership.
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