THE WHEELWRIGHT
 
         The wheelwright was much appreciated in the times when carts were the only means of transportation.
       In Banat wheelwrights are called "voacnar". The artisan made the whole cart, not only the wheels. He did the final assembly together with a blacksmith, who applied the metal bands to the wheels and some other metal reinforcements to the rest of the wooden parts. It took about a month to make a cart.
       The tools were expensive, so if the old master did not have a son or son-in-law to take over he gave them to his best apprentice at the end of the training.There are very few artisans left. Due to economic reasons, this craft is dying out.
       Wood has been replaced by iron, and the iron carts with rubber wheels are more resistant, thus rendering the wooden ones obsolete.

 

 

 
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