Artisan Wheelwright Alain Montpied makes all types of wooden wheels. "I made, for the Tampa Bay automobile museum in Florida, an exact copy of the fardier of Cugnot, the first self propelled mechanical vehicle with a steam engine. This accomplishment was one the 2011 nominees for the car of the year of the International Historic Motoring awards"
I went and took measurements and photographs of the original vehicule at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris so that my copy is as faithful as possible, both for the measurements and for the appearance.
I then fitted a wood lathe to turn the hubs and I forged the nails and other hardware .
I carry out historical research in my personal documentation or in museums. I draw blueprints and manufacture special tools according to the type of structure to be built.
New for 2014
Construction of a horizontal water mill "Le Roudet" the ancestor of the turbine. It appears as a demonstration item at wood festivals.
Canon in the village of Banize en Creuse - Wheels made by master craftsman wheelwright Alain Montpied.
Wheels made for a Canon
A mill wheel that I made.
Alain Montpied on his bicycle that he made
The Giant Wheelbarrow
Creation of the wheel carried out in public during the 'Journée des Métiers d'Art'.
The Giant Wheelbarrow in use.
Restoration of the Renault FT17 Assault Tank
Assembly of the full wheels
The finishing of the tank wheels.
Wheels created for use on a carriage to present luxury products at exhibitions.
New in 2014
Construction of a 4lb field artillery carriage
Assembly of the chassis during a public demonstration.
Adding the heated metal rings to the wheels.
The tank before the restoration work began. Renault Trucks - Nevers
Heating of the metal rims before putting them around the wooden wheels.
Inaurguration of the FT17 Assault Tank with replacement wooden Wheels by Alain Montpied.