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wheel head for a kickwheel

updated mon 31 mar 97


Susan Benson on wed 26 mar 97

I have recently been given the indefinite (possibly permanent) loan of a
kickwheel. It looks as though it was home-made, or assembled from a kit,
with a plywood frame, and a flywheel with a metal rim and what looks like
plywood bolted over/through concrete. (It weighs a ton!) Here's the
problem: It doesn't have a wheelhead. Therefore, at this point it's a
singularly unattractive patio ornament.
If any of you have any possible solutions out there please let me know.
I've priced wheelheads, but the least expensive is 60.00 and I'm reluctant
to put that much money into something I may only have for 2 or 3 months. (If
I knew it was going to be a long term thing, I wouldn't hesitate, but...)
The shank is 1" diameter.

Thanks again!

David McBeth on thu 27 mar 97

I was able to construct a very reliable wheelhead out of marine grade
plywood when I was building kickwheels last summer. I cut 14" diameter
circles and laminated four together to give the wheel head some mass and
stability. I had a machinist/weider/designre friend construct metal
flanges to fasten the wheelhead to a metal shaft.

Se the wheel design plans in the Charles Counts text - Pottery Workshop.

David McBeth, MFA
Associate Professor of Art and Art Ed
330 C Gooch Hall
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238