Audio Recording Dale Thibault and Harvey Howes, wheelwrights and cartwrights, Miles City, Montana, interview and sounds in the shop

Dale Thibault and Harvey Howes, wheelwrights (self-taught) and wagon repairmen in Miles City, Montana

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Title
Dale Thibault and Harvey Howes, wheelwrights and cartwrights, Miles City, Montana, interview and sounds in the shop
Contributor Names
Johnson, Paula J., 1954- (Collector)
Thibault, Dale (Interviewee)
Howes, Harvey (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Miles City, Montana, August 10, 1979
Subject Headings
-  Wheelwrights
-  Carriages and carts
-  Ethnography
-  Field recordings
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  United States -- Montana -- Miles City
Genre
Ethnography
Field recordings
Interviews
Sound recordings
Notes
-  Index data: Recording at the workshop of wheelwrights and wagon-makers Harvey Howes and Dale Thibault, Miles City MT; the recording mixes sounds of actualities and conversation, with a pair of Sennheiser 402 microphones that are moved as needed within the shop: sounds of Howes and Thibault putting a wooden rim on wheel, hammering spokes, wheel had been partly completed before start of tape, the second half is more difficult to fit, Howes and Thibaut stand on opposite sides, applying pressure to rim as needed; Thibault explains struggle of getting second half of rim to fit; a neighbor, Loren Davis, enters; clamping two halves together in order to cut off excess rim; general conversation with Davis, who has just returned from driving a load of grain to Idaho; sounds of sawing, cutting off excess rim; while Howes saws, Thibault talks about rim and spoke sizes; with one side finished, they start putting the clamp on and repeating the trimming process on the other side, more sawing; talk about wheel sizes, front and back for buggies, wagons (Thibault); they haven't found a pattern in wheel sizes, "the bigger the wheel, the easier it rolls"; talking about "felloes" (pronounced "fillies") a wooden part of the wheel inside the outermost iron ring; Howes and Thibault clarify that they have been putting felloes on the spokes, not rims; how they have been repairing buggies, would like to work on a stagecoach; joking around with Loren Davis; the wheel is finished, ready to put the iron rim around the felloes; they use original iron if possible, if not, they use a regular strip of iron, putting iron around the felloes can be done in minutes, once the iron is on, the wheel must be rasped or sanded on both sides, then they paint stripes on the wheels, about using a camel hair brush (to the fieldworker) "as long as your hair"; discussion of colors for buggy wheels, decorations on buggies; about one fixed up buggy now sitting in the client's front yard; discussion of different kinds of buggies, for doctors, families, etc.; they've looked at pictures of old buggies and wagons to learn how to repair and decorate them; fieldworker's notes state that at this point there are two conversations going on at once; the first buggy they worked on was upholstered elsewhere, now do their own upholstery and button-covering now; about decorating buggies, a hobby; talk about upholstering seats and the difficulties in mastering diamond folds in upholstery material; fieldworker's notes state that at this point crickets are very loud; the fieldworker talks with Loren Davis about hauling wheat to Idaho; he unloads at elevator, the wheat goes on a barge, hauled to the Oregon coast, 90 barges are on the Clearwater River to haul wheat.
Medium
7-inch reel
Call Number/Physical Location
Call number: AFC 1981/005: AFS 20373
MBRS shelflist: RXA 0859
Field project identifier: MT9-PJ-R12
Source Collection
Montana Folklife Survey collection (AFC 1981/005)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Language
English
Online Format
audio

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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Paula J, Dale Thibault, and Harvey Howes. Dale Thibault and Harvey Howes, wheelwrights and cartwrights, Miles City, Montana, interview and sounds in the shop. Miles City, Montana, 1979. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20373/.

APA citation style:

Johnson, P. J., Thibault, D. & Howes, H. (1979) Dale Thibault and Harvey Howes, wheelwrights and cartwrights, Miles City, Montana, interview and sounds in the shop. Miles City, Montana. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20373/.

MLA citation style:

Johnson, Paula J, Dale Thibault, and Harvey Howes. Dale Thibault and Harvey Howes, wheelwrights and cartwrights, Miles City, Montana, interview and sounds in the shop. Miles City, Montana, 1979. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc1981005_afs20373/>.

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