A wheelwright (or wainwright) is a person who builds or repairs wheels. The word is the combination of "wheel" and the archaic word "wright", which comes from the Old English word "wryhta", meaning a worker or maker. This occupational name eventually became the English surname Wheelwright.
In modern times, wheelwrights continue to make and repair a wide
variety of wheels, including those made from wood and banded by iron tires. The word wheelwright remains a term usually used for someone who
makes and repairs wheels for horse drawn vehicles, even though it is
sometimes used to refer to someone who repairs wheels, wheel alignment,
rims, drums, discs and wire spokes on modern vehicles such as automobiles, buses and trucks. Wheels for horse-drawn vehicles continue to be constructed and repaired for use by people who use horse-drawn vehicles for farming, equine (horse) competitions, and presentations of historical events such as reenactments and living history.
As this page builds, we will add the history of the wheel, carts and wagons. We hope to add various types, photos and manufactures as the effected the growth of American History. Additionally, we plan to add wheelwrights of today for those who may be looking to repair wagons, coaches and carriages. This we only provide the links to the web pages as Cowboys and Chuckwagon Cooking does not endorse or advertise for these individuals though their business histories speak for them self.
Anvil Wagon Works
Engels Coach Shop
Hansen Wheel and Wagon
Justin Horse and Buggy
Midwest Buggy and Chuck Wagon Restoration
Mule Skinner Covered Wagons
Oxbow Wagons and Coaches
Prospect Wagon Wagons
Texas Cowboy Outfitters
Texas Wagon Works
Waynes Wagon Works
Werner Wagon Works
Western Canadian Wheelwright Association