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The Practical value of the Wooden Wheel

With its exhibition The Practical value of the Wooden Wheel, the Regional Museum Maribor is emphasising one of the oldest crafts. The wheelwright's craft represents one of the most important branches of the economy. This craft is tightly connected with the production of the first means of transportation, which have mainly been used in the fields of the trade and agriculture. The evolution of the wheelwright's craft has preserved its progressive function from its beginnings, when 5200 years ago the wheel with an axle had been developed, and until the very day.

The spoked wheel, 18th/19th century, Kamnica, diameter 78 cm. Regional Museum Maribor

The Exhibition

The main artefact, which is being lent by the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant from Bucharest, is complementing the permanent exhibition on the wheelwright's craft of the Regional Museum Maribor and is representing a part of a cart from the 20th century. It had been used by the inhabitants of the Obîrsia village in the Hunedoara region, a wider part of the multicultural region of Transylvania.

The wheel is a component of the cart. It is made out of oak wood, bind with two metal rings, 12 spokes (from which 11 are made out of ash wood and one from acacia wood), and six rings made from ash wood. A metal ring, with the thickness of one centimetre, is placed on the outside of the wooden rings. The metal ring is secured by rivets, which gave resilience to the wheel.

The wooden wheel, a part of a cart, the beginning of the 20th century. Oak wood, diameter 96 cm. National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bukarest.



The Regional Museum Maribor is inviting you to take part at the international symposium, which will be held on the 26th and 27th of September 2014 in Maribor. The principal topic of the symposium is The Practical Value of the Wooden Wheel.

The symposium will be addressing the topics concerning the different views on the applicability of the wooden wheel, with the emphasis on the research of transport, agriculture and different crafts, whereby the wheelwright's craft will be the one, which will be brought into prominence. The papers are to be written in English; they will be published in an electronic publication.

Additional information can be acquired at the following email address: or the telephone number: +386 (0)2 228 35 51.