‘One-of-a-kind’ Mike, 78, becomes a master wheelwright

PUBLISHED: 11:08 19 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 23 February 2016

Master Wheelwrights Mike Rowland with son Greg. Ref mha 07-16SH 5309. Picture: Simon Horn

Master Wheelwrights Mike Rowland with son Greg. Ref mha 07-16SH 5309. Picture: Simon Horn

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Mike Rowland, 78, of Mike Rowland and Son, was given the esteemed title last week after receiving a certificate from the Lord Mayor of London.

A Colyton man who has been made a master wheelwright says he is ‘overwhelmed’ after gaining his qualification.

Mike Rowland, 78, of Mike Rowland and Son, was given the esteemed title last week after receiving a certificate from the Lord Mayor of London. The qualification is the highest that can be given by the City and Guilds.

Mike’s recent qualification as a master wheelwright means he now works in the only business in the world to comprise two master wheelwrights who are father and son.

Mike’s son, Greg, 45, was made a master in 2014 after joining in 1990.

Mike, with Greg and apprentice George Richards, produces or repairs roughly 200 wheels per year.

Mike has been operating from the same workshop in Colyton since 1964, and in that time has produced and restored a range of wheels and vehicles, ranging from a Roman trebuchet, farm carts and wooden bicycles.

The company also gained the Royal Warrant of Approval to Her Majesty The Queen in the position of Wheelwrights and Coachbuilders in 2005.

Greg said: “My father is one of a kind. Although I got the master title before him, it was really in essence because I had the only apprentice in the country. He received his qualification in honour of his lifetime’s dedication to the trade.

“His knowledge on the trade is incredible, and he still works five days a week at 78. Obviously, we are very proud of him.

“It is amazing that a little company in Colyton is so unique in the world.”

To find out more about Mike Rowland and Son, visit www.wheelwrightsshop.com


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