Some photos of our members in action
. . .
Here are 4 photos from Chris
Jenson about the Heavy Democrat he built in the Spring of 2018 - it
is ready to go - all that is needed is a team and some passengers!
photos courtesy of C. Jenson
(1) initial stages of
changing the Democrat to a people carrier.
(2) Frame set up so wheel can undercut,
allowing the vehicle to make a sharper turn
(3) What it looked like taken all aparat
for painting or staining of individual pieces.
Some earlier photos....
Norm Lorenson at work and learning
the trade - dressing a spoke on one of the four wheels of a democrat
that he has had in storage since he was a young lad.
Photo by Chris Jenson
A democrat running gear modified
for trips to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Undercut body
for sharper turn,s bearing hubs for easy rolling and hydraulic brakes
to control and assist in controlling movement. Covered with canvas, it
protects ones gear and enables one to have a place to rest away from
the elements. Photo by Chris Jenson
Shane Chipchase of Longview and
Chris Jenson with 3 of the 4 heavy wheels rebuilt over four days. One
of hte Hubs was not suitable for rebuilding. Shane spent four days in
Doc's Buggy Shop to get experience in the reconstruction of Heavy
Wheels. He learned the task is not simple and he said when we were
trying to refit the tyre it was the hardest he had worked in years. He
plans on rebuilding wheels for friends many of whom are associated
with the Bar U Ranch. Photo by Chris Jenson
buggy has been sold in 2017! It was a team project and we all
enjoyed doing it.
October 31-November 1st 2014 - participants and
instructors at the 11th Annual Wheelwright Training at Tees, AB.
They sure look like they had a great time! Photos
by Chris Jenson
The tyre was in the fire the entire time and expanded
sufficient to go over the felloe. We succeeded and met the challenge
of rebuilding a heavy wheel without cutting the tyre. Considrable
measuring and discussion of all aspects of building a wheel resulted
in a very happy and surprising client.
This was a front wheel of an old farm wagon that was
built from the hub out with enough precision to apply the old steel
without cutting it.
Cooling the iron quickly takes concentration.
The participants with several of the wheels
constructed over the two days in the background.
Two of the instructors - Mark Westling (L) and Harry
Missing: Chris Jenson
Irricanna October 4, 2014 - WCWA members working together
to share learn
about building a buggy ...
photos by Chris Jenson
Wayne Lenfesty, Bill Radaway, John Lavoie, Joe Havinga, Glen
Halvarson, Jean Lavoie with Chris Jenson behind he camera.
Glen Halvarson and Jean Lavoie go over the
The buggy 'in the white', back view.
Happy to be finished! CONGRATULATIONS!
And, Pictures from days gone by...
Setting the tire on to the finished wheel at the 2005 AGM ...
and a closer look at that same wheel ...
some photos from 2003 and
A demonstration on blacksmithing in Maple
Creek, Saskatchewan 2004
One of the examples of fine upholstery demonstrated by one of our female
(demonstration on upholstery in both 2004 and 2005)
Building a Red River Cart together under the direction of one of our
in 2003 ...