Wooden wheels

We get to work on some really cool stuff from time to time, ok quite frequently. In this case, we had a customer bring us a set of hubs he’s polished fanatically, and a pair of wooden rims (new old stock from 1918ish  believe it or not). What follows here are a selection of photos taken of the components being used to assemble the wheels. The process that has to be followed is just as interesting. Brent, our head mechanic and service manager, gets to assemble these wheels and apply a small amount of tension to start, wait a day or so, then add more tension. This process could go on for days as the wood forms into a round wheel (the rims started out of round by a full centimeter).