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Blacksmithing and Wheel Setting Demonstrations with Tom Nelson
May 7, 2022, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Visit the Cherokee Strip Museum in Perry on May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a special blacksmithing demonstration in the art of wheel setting. In addition to activities held in the blacksmith shop, the museum’s resident blacksmith, Tom Nelson, will be demonstrating the advanced art of setting of a wagon wheel and a buggy wheel. The wheel-setting demonstrations will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The wheelwright’s craft goes back thousands of years, and was essential in an age of wagon use. They were skilled in the art of building and repairing wooden wheels. There are many steps in the construction of heavy wheels, including the finishing touch of adding a metal ring or “tire” to tighten the wheel and ensure its stability. The metal piece is added when it is heated, so as it cools and shrinks, the spokes tighten, and the wooden joints of the wheel come together.
This educational event is free to attend, but donations are appreciated. For more information please call 580-336-2405.