I need a single 21" demountable wheel assembled. I don't want to invest in a press as I will probably never use it again and my storage space is non-existent. But I will be traveling soon and within a few miles of Stutzman's in Baltic, Ohio.
Is anyone familiar enough with their operation to know if they would be willing to assemble my wheel? I would bring all the components (spokes, hub, rim).
From what I read their work is suburb.
From comments I've read, I expect they would. They do just about anything having to do with wood wheels, T or otherwise. I'd call and ask.
33656 County Rd 12
Baltic, OH 43804
I was at Noah Stutzman's place last week. I didn't see a spoke press but he has several buildings on his property that may contain one.
If you do go, make sure your GPS agrees with Google Maps. Mine got flustered just outside of New Bedford and I drove the last mile based off the Google map.
If you ever travel to Stutzmans just a couple miles down S/R93 is Pearl Valley Cheese. Worth the trip, free samples, cheese made right there.
Any map, including Google, may or may not be correct. One of the local streams here is Grouse Creek. As far as I know it's never been called anything else. For its entire length, some thirty miles, Google calls it "Arkansas Lake". The local city building is shown on the wrong road. But the most egregious case was a few years ago when I went to an auction in Nebraska and found myself facing a wall of cornstalks where Google said there was a road. Several other misdirected folks and I went to a local cafe and one of the guys there led us to the actual road which Google didn't show. I've seen similar goofs on MapQuest and other online maps, as well as KDOT maps. It's always best to allow yourself some wandering around time.
Thanks for the good advice, address and phone number. I will call today.
Gonna make it to that cheese shop too ;o)
The answer is Garmin. In 10 years of using their products I've only found one map error and that was because I was using the previous years mapset.
Also Microsoft Streets and Trips (not sure if there's a Mac version) is the best trip planning tool there is.
In mapping the map Co. would make a number of errors (5 or 6 names) to protect there copyright. But today there errors are there from lack of field checking when copying other Co. maps for free. I find it all the time when traveling.
Just for the record ...... Stutzmans called back and said they would help with the wheel assembly.
I asked for a ballpark estimate as to charges (I told him I wouldn't hold him to it) and his best guess was $50. I'll report back after the works done.
Easiest way to get to Stutzmans is go South on S.R.557, to C.R. 600 just before New Bedford, like barely 600 feet?, is C.R. 12. Turn right (west) and his place is about two miles on the left. Just past the cemetary that belongs to the church, you actually are driving through the "split" cemetary. Big pond across from Noah's driveway.
If you end up in New Bedford, turn around and go back North a few yards, then it's a left turn. Kind of a blind intersection from that way.
Then go to Guggisberg Cheese a few miles north (you'll actually pass it on the way south on 557) and get some of their baby swiss! It's the best on earth.
Ask them about painting your wheels. Take a look at the horse drawn buggies everyone drives to work. All have gloss black wooden spokes. They drive them in rain, snow, sun, you name it. The paint work is outstanding.
Funny I missed seeing this thread. Google and Microsoft are both a pair of mindless corporations. Anything resembling a road will be turned into one thanks to GoogleEarth. It could be nothing more than a cow trail in a pasture, but Google's most-excellent-adventure software turns it into a road. They have undone in a short few years what centuries of mapmakers tirelessly strive to perfect. Before venturing off on a trip using PloogleBurp or any trip-mapping software as your guide - it's best to zoom in using satellite view to actually see if there's actually a road, street or highway there before venturing off.
Microsoft isn't much better. A nearby town that was named after a surveying railroad engineer has an unnamed road passing thru it. Some moron with Microsoft Streets and Idiots decided to name the road after the town but added one extra letter which turned the name into something quite derogatory. I sent them an email calling into question the combined intellect of a multibillion dollar corporation that gets kicks out of making a joke out of a historical and tough-as-nails railroad man and the town named after him. I probably threw in some choice four letter words as well. At some point the ignorant word disappeared, but they still chose to name the unnamed road.
If you find something blatantly wrong or derogatory, or outright dangerous in any mapping program, send a blunt, piercing email to the jerks and question their intelligence with your best sarcasm.
Garnet, Here's some good examples.
With respect to Amish buggies, in these parts they almost exclusively use fiberglass wheels that mimic in appearance wood spoke wheels.
I was told the outfit that supplies them is in Ohio and that they supply to Amish buggy makers all over. Of course, given the business Stutzman is in, it's possible they make their own unless it's just not worth the expense.
It is interesting the places where the Amish make exceptions for "modern" technology.
I too find it interesting where the Amish make exceptions. What I have found is that at home they can be pretty old school, but when it comes to business they will accept things like electricity, telephones, etc. They're an interesting lot. Long may they prosper.
Around here it's all dependent on the bishop. What he says sets the standard, but I've never been able to get out of them the rationale behind how they arrive at that standard.
Here, most businesses are still gas lights and compressed air, but every once in awhile I'll see a place that seems to have no electricity, yet has an electric typewriter on the desk!
Electricity can be o.k. if it's generated on-site and not coming off the grid. Electricity from batteries can also be o.k. As Walter says, depends on local bishop's rules.
I once had dinner in an Amish household. When I walked into the house I was very surprised to hear electronic beeps. Turns out, a little 8 year old boy was playing a game of electronic "Battleship" with his 70+ year old grandfather. The whole experience was incredible. I have much respect for them.
I thought it was interesting to see Lancaster County farmers using gasoline-powered equipment pulled by horses. Those were some of the most beautiful farms I've ever seen.
Here it's different. They all seem to have diesel generators they can use to power air compressors, but virtually none of the homes or shops have power inside. In a retail shop they will run the diesel generator to power the compressor to make air to run ceiling fans that are driven by little air motors!
In workshops a lot of the equipment will have air drill motors adapted in place of the electric motor they removed. As a consequence, used low-mileage electric motors can be had around here in abundance.
When I visited Stutzman's my first impression was that things are rather liberal there as compared to here.
Steve, what you mentioned about gasoline-powered equipment being pulled by horses is one of the first things I noticed when moving here.... usually operated by a barefoot 12-year-old. When you do see a tractor, you'll notice they have discarded the pneumatic tires in favor of steel wheels, sometimes with solid rubber cleats.
I didn't mean to drag this off topic, but it is fun comparing notes!
It is fun Walter.
Can any one explain why an air powered motor is OK but the same device using an electric motor is not ?
Is it that you can use a gas engine to power a compressor and the air it generates to power a fan, without ever having electricity involved?
Although there has to be a mag or battery to provide the original spark.
BTW we will visit Lehman's again while we are in Ohio. Anybody been there? How cool is that!