Learning The English Wheel

English-wheelDespite the fact that thousands of English wheel machines have been sold the past ten years (thanks in big part for custom builders “build-off” TV shows), there is currently no book dedicated to English wheeling. So, because of the lack of detailed published material, many owners of these machines are at a loss on how to really use them.

L from Wolfgang Publications covers all aspects of English wheeling, from making your own wheel (yes you can) to learning the basics, from fabricating high-crown panels to reverse flares. The photos used through the book serve to illustrate both what makes up a good English wheel, and how, exactly, to use an English wheel. Side bars and interviews done with famous wheelers and fabricators from around the world help to give personal insight from the best of the best.

As a serious auto hobbyist, long-time student of the English wheel, published author and retired shop teacher, William Longyard is ideally suited to finally lift the veil of missing and mis-information regarding the best and most productive use of the English wheel. He has spent nearly four decades building, restoring, and modifying automobiles, aircraft, and boats. An author, historian, educator, and world traveler, Bill writes with the authority of someone who not only knows his subject, but is passionate about it and can convey his enthusiasm to his readers in clear language.

The 8.5 x 11” softcover book features 144 pages packed with 300 color photos. This January 2014 release may be ordered from Amazon at

7 Responses to “Learning The English Wheel”

  1. 1 Feb 4th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Dam nice wheel there,sounds like a good book to have in the collection .

  2. 2 Feb 5th, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Money well spent, able to say “I made that piece”.
    I like the wheel in the picture.

  3. 3 Jay Horton's Private Shop Feb 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Crush your finger(s) like nothing else on earth…….

    Awesome looking wheel. Nice video selection over on and thanks for helping to bolster the craft. Best to you Mr. Longyard. Later Jay

    P.S. Not to horn-in on Mr. Longyard’s spot but also, for those interested in wheeling, check out Tin Man, Kent White, at Tinmantech.com. He has videos on all sorts of metal forming techniques, along with Ron Covell, covell.biz and Ron Fournier, .

  4. 4 BCinSoCal Feb 6th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Jay, good point for those learning to use an English Wheel, one needs to take care to not let the piece you are working pull your fingers into the rollers!

  5. 5 William Longyard Feb 9th, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Thanks guys for your kind words. Be assured that Kent and Ron are featured in this book. I am a great admirer of both of those fine craftsmen. Bill Longyard

  6. 6 Feb 10th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Look forward to getting a copy! — To the author — If you are interested in additional distribution opportunities, let me know.

    Jim Watson

  7. 7 William Longyard May 22nd, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Thank-you. I have sent my publisher your note and he should be in touch soon.

    Bill Longyard

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