The Wheelwright's Shop

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 1, 1963 - Literary Criticism - 236 pages
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George Sturt's frank and moving account of his trade as a wheelwright in the late nineteenth century offers a unique glimpse into the working lives of craftsmen in a world since banished by technology. The wheelwright's shop where he entered business had been operating for two centuries; this chronicle, first published in 1923, is a poignant record of that tradition, written as it was passing into history. E. P. Thompson's new foreword acclaims the significance of Sturt's engaging narrative as a vital document in the history of labour at the turn of the century.
  

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Contents

BEGINNINGS
3
THE STURTS
5
MY OWN START
12
THE WHEELWRIGHTS SHOP
17
BUYING
23
CARTING AND CONVERTING
27
THE SAWYERS
32
SEASONING
41
COOK
108
GETTING READY
117
PUTTINGON
123
BOXINGON
129
EXBEDS
132
BEVELLED TYRES
138
SHOEING SQUARE TONGUES
145
SHOEING STRAKES
148

WHEELSTUFF
44
KINDLY FEELING
53
HANDWORK
56
BOTTOMTIMBERS
61
WAGGONS
65
WAGGONLOCKING
69
CURVES
74
TAPERING AND SHAVING
79
LEARNING THE TRADE
83
DISH
91
SPOKES AND FELLOES
95
STOCKS
100
RINGING THE WHEEL
104
THE NEW IRON AGE
153
ORDINARY IRONWORK
159
THE IRON AGE MOVING ON
165
WILL HAMMOND
172
JOBBING
175
CUTTING AND SHUTTING
182
SUNDRY IMPLEMENTS
189
PRICES
197
NOTES
205
GLOSSARY
213
INDEX
225
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