A challenge for Bill Mr Slee was an electrician and woodworker before he retired and his father and grandfather were both blacksmiths.
It was his father and grandfather's trade that lead him to his latest project. Mr Slee and his brother are on the look out for any objects built or struck by their family and among their searching, the brothers found a piece of Bendigonian history. "My brother lives in Shepparton and we're sons of blacksmith family," Mr Slee said. "My grandfather had the Rushworth smithy and my father worked with him until he went with the World War I lighthorse to Egypt. "He returned and took over after his dad died and finally settled in ray ban jackie ohh ii Stanhope." The wood is rotten and much of the metal ruseted but the horse drawn carriage the brothers found is believed to be more than 100 years old and ray ban titanium built in Bendigo by JC Morrison. "We came across it and saw it had been out in a paddock for years. The woodwork is degraded but it is still recognisable," Mr Slee said. "Woodwork has raybans price been my other lifelong occupation (after being an electrician). I built my own houses and furniture." Aside from his two main trades, Mr Slee also has a great knowledge of smithing. "Although my father wasn't blacksmithing when I was young we still talked about it a lot," he said. "We had an anvil and blacksmith's drill in the family and it was a subject I always liked to question (my dad) about." According to Mr Slee, the carriage has had an unusual style of construction. Instead of building the wooden stokes first and shrinking a metal tyre around it, Mr Slee believes the stokes were made to fit the tyre. "It's more complicated because it can alter the circumference of the wheel," he said. "If you jam a spoke in too tight you can end up with an egg shaped wheel. "There's also no short grain on (the remaining wood). This grain seems to run continuously parallel. "I assume it means the wood was steam bent, which is quite a task." The 83 year old has already looked into getting materials to rebuild the carriage and knows he has quite a task ahead of him. "I know it's going to be an expensive business and I have to a lot of recalculations and measurements to get the brackets and ironwork in fair condition. "Then I have to lay it out and work out where to drill the holes in the wood. All that effort and Mr Slee isn't sure what he will do with the finished product. "I'm not a collector and I don't have a horse," he said. "After it's done, if I'm satisfied with the end result, I will think about donating it somewhere. "I reckon it's got quite a lot of interesting history behind it.
" Mr Slee isn't wrong with JC Morrison having his own story in the carriage making business. According to information found by the Bendigo Historical Society, Morrison started a partnership with Harry Sanneman in about 1893 at 234 Williamson Street. The pair build first class buggies, dog and goat carriages and phaetons like what Mr Slee is planning ray ban 3362 to rebuild.
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