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Well I have bitten the bullet and have decided to build a set of spoked wheels for my 1909 Holsman. Now the hard part, they are supposed to be a "dished" wheel, that is there is a bend in the spokes, allowing more spring, flex & strength, Now I can build a lathe (and have ) that can handle an elipitical profile common to most spokes, particularly of the period 1910-20, but I am battling with the concept of a bent spoke. Any ideas?

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WADavid.

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Yes there is an actual bend in the spokes that when combined achieves a "dished" effect for the wheel.

I have seen other designs that do incorporate a staggered and angled spoke radiating from the hub, but these ones are bent. This obviously will make it difficult to spin and cut on a lathe, however, a somewhat similar effect is achieved when making axe handles and the like so it must be possible.

I take my hat off to the guys who did this 100 years ago.

Dave.

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I don't know if this helps you or not but..... If you are in the area of or have reaosn to be near Pittsburgh, PA. You are welcome to stop by and take a look at my 1907 Holsman Model #3. You can picture, measure, etc. You can reach me at davbergltd@aol.com

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Don't see your locale called out on left side box but I would suggest you inquire whether there is an Amish community in your area. Their buggy makers usually have a lot of answers to wood wheel questions. Stude8

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Thanks,

yes I have heard that the Amish communities manufacture these, I have not yet been able to inspect one of their products, as surprisingly they are not on the net. I live a little far from any communities to just "drop" in as I live in the South Western corner of Australia, but would appreciate any close up pictures anyone may have of their wheels.

Regards

Dave Hume

Chair (Veteran Section- Pre 1919)

Veteran Car Club of Western Australia

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