Visit my Workshop
See a wood craft display of my work.
A30 half way between Honiton and Chard. Covid Secure. Open air viewing.
Martin Symes Wheelwright & Woodturner
I started working on wheels in 1973 as a hobby, and began demonstrating at fairs and shows which progressed into a full time business. I was lucky to have a very good woodwork teacher at school who taught me all the basics, including wheelwrighting and instilled in me the importance of making things properly in the time honoured way. I have always tried to continue that tradition in all of my work. If something is made correctly it’ll last and look right for a long time.
The natural evolution of the business meant I ended up making all the items listed on this website, farm carts and barrows, truggs, fairy doors, wheelbarrows, cart wheels and gypsy caravans to name a few. See my handmade woodland products to view the full range.
I fell, haul and saw the timber which I use for my work and it all comes from local farms and estates – all within a 30 mile radius. All the timber coming from managed woodlands.
All items are made to order. I am a one man business so things take to time to do them proper. All timber has character, it is a living product that alters with age and can move and give it its own character.
I may not be near the phone when you call so please leave a message for me to return your call. People can collect items from the premises but be aware this is a working sawmill and workshop so visits by appointment only please.
For most items, like barrows, wheels, benches all the larger things you need to speak to me personally so I can advise you on what you need. But cold callers and time wasters will have an abrupt response.