Cultural Objects, Tools
PeopleMaker/Creator: Shepherd Adi Alderman
PlacesBurks Fork (Burks Fork District)
- Diameter of wheel: 6 1/4 inches
- Length with handle: 13 3/4 inches
This tool is called a traveler because its purpose was to roll along a surface and allow the user to mark off consistent distances. The wheel or disc has notches etched into it at set intervals. By rolling this around a wagon wheel, the blacksmith could tell exactly where the spokes would go so they were evenly spaced. The handle has a hole drilled in the end allowing it to be hung on a nail in the shop. At some point, the handle developed a split and was repaired with additional nails.
KeywordsBlacksmith, traveler tool, wagon wheel
Shepherd Adi “Shep” Alderman (1875-1950) married Arbelia Minta Sumner. He was a miller, a musician, and a blacksmith. As he worked in the blacksmith shop, he needed a traveler while working on wagon wheels and carved his own.