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The Wheelwright's Shop Paperback – 1963

ISBN-13: 978-9812563767 ISBN-10: 1107005965 Edition: 1st paperback
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' ... a classic ... Mr Sturt's masterpiece. A delightfully urbane and informing book, full of valuable material for the social historian and a sheer pleasure to read.' New Statesman

'It shows in the author a combination of the gifts of a handicraftsman, the actual maker of things, with the powers of a writer, in a way not common in English literature.' The Times Literary Supplement

Book Description

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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st paperback edition (1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107005965
  • ISBN-13: 978-9812563767
  • ASIN: 0521091950
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Wiedmer on May 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
George Sturt's original work provided an unparalleled glimpse into the work, lives, and social environment of craftsmen at the end of the transition from the English craft to the modern industrial economy. The edition offered here is an abridged version of the original; retaining most of the how-to elements, but excluding the insights into the lives and characters of the craftsmen working in the Wheelwright's Shop. If all that interests you are how wagon wheels where constructed, the abridged version will suffice. If you want to understand the revolutionary transition from the craft tradition to the era of unskilled industrial mass production, then continue searching for Sturt's complete text.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Travisji Corcoran on August 18, 2009
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I quite enjoyed this, until, after reading it, I went online and searched for more information ... and found the complete book, scanned in ... and realized that I had been sold an abridged version, that left out half of the content!

I don't mind spending $40 for a book...but I really dislike getting an overly slim volume, and NOWHERE being told ahead of time that it's had material missing. Shame on Amazon and shame on Obscure Press.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rod White on August 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you wanted to sit down with a wheelwright from a couple hundred years ago and keep your mouth shut and listen to every bit of wisdom he had to impart ... that's what this book is about. Read (listen) to non-rocket science about what makes a wheel work and how to either make or not make dumb mistakes.
Valuable information about general wood working that applies not only to wheels.
Or if you're a history buff, how wooden wheels once fit into everyday life.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1997
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a wonderful and informative treatise, both as a student and as an amateur woodworker. Sturt's narrative is a measured blend of documentary and moral argument, which is of equal or greater importance now, as when it was first published in 1923. In it, he offers a first-hand account of the historic, geographic, and human context concerning the artisan-producer within the tradition of medieval wood and iron work. I found three main themes within Sturt's work that were particularly pleasing to myself, and which I found relevant to my search for meaning. Firstly, he emphasizes the relationships that arose from the close interactions of a local market, of a close-knit group of workers, and of an artist and his/her medium. Secondly, he rightfully condemns the waste and destruction associated with the Industrial Revolution, while omitting a lament over the changes in the means of production. And lastly, he offers an example of the effectiveness, connectivity, and ingenuity that arises from the intimate interrelationships between workers and their tasks through their tools, between producers and consumers through their products, and between people and their community through a sense of place and a sense of purpose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nichael on September 22, 2012
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Although there is nothing in the write-up to indicate this, the Kindle edition of "The Wheelwright's Shop" is actual a "Selections from...". Glad I decided to try a "sample" first...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wood bug on August 25, 2009
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A very detailed accounting of one of the last Wheelwrights. To appreciate the book, one must be familiar with woodworking at some level. Mr. Sturt paints a picture of someone with professional skills in the repair and making of wagons, carts, and wheelbarrows. The book may be of interest to those unfamiliar with woodworking but appreciate the long apprenticeship required to become a fullfledged wheelwright. Tis sad that a talent so needed for thousands of years, including Egypt and Rome, disappears. When the wagon factories and the automobile came about this made the wheelwright obsolete.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl F. Newman on January 15, 2014
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A pleasant read, though not what I wanted. I was hoping for more how to than this. Life as it was.
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The Wheelwright's Shop
This book can be read from different perspectives. The description of village life in England; a perspective of the work ethics and practices of turn of the century craftsmen, and the description of blacksmithing and the construction of a simple wagon. Taken together or separately, I think this is a fine book.
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