Some photos of our members in action . . .

2018 photos

Check here after the next newsletter for more photos... 

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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

changing the Democrat to a people carrier     Frame set up so the wheel can undercut, allowing the vehicle to make a sharper turn      Democrat taken apart ready for painting and staining

(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.

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Some earlier photos....

Norm Lorenson dresing a spoke on a democrat

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 Rocky Mountains

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 4 days.

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

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This buggy has been sold in 2017! It was a team project and we all enjoyed doing it. 

 front view of buggy without upholstery

rear view of buggy before upholstery

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 Harrison (R)
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 plans.

Almost done!!

The buggy 'in the white', back view.

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 2004 ...

A demonstration on blacksmithing in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan  2004

One of the examples of fine upholstery demonstrated by one of our female members ...
(demonstration on upholstery in both 2004 and 2005)

Building a Red River Cart together under the direction of one of our members 
in 2003 ...

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