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Carriage and Wagon Axles
for Horse Drawn Vehicles

Compiled by the Carriage Museum of America
Edited by Don Peloubet

Axle making techniques blossomed in the second half of the 19th century, at the high point of the carriage trade, following closely the development of wheelmaking.


This industry saw tremendous changes throughout this period, transitioning from individual handmade wooden axles made by the wheelwright, to iron axles forged by the blacksmith and finally to the lathe-turned axle arms fabricated of iron and steel in factories.

Like its companion, Wheelmaking, this book is a compilation of articles on axle making taken from late 19th century journals published in America for the carriage industry. Its articles are likewise divided into ten sections: the first is a long, general chapter on the development of axle making, followed by sections on axle setting, axle manufacturers, patent axles, ball/roller bearing axles, axle types, lubrications, repair, and tools and equipment.

Together they provide the reader with an in-depth look at the evolution of the art and industry of axle making, and offer tremendous value to those interested in the actual practice of the trade as well as those interested in the history of this important technology.

250 pages, Paperback, B&W, 9" x 12", © 2002
Order Number: AP022...........$29.95 $24.95

"A fine book…The perfect accompaniment to M.T. Richardson's works, Practical Blacksmithing and Practical Carriage Building." — The Newsletter, Blacksmith's Guide of the Potomac
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