Wainwright
One of my favourite travel adventures would have to be spending the night in a Gypsy caravan in the Scottish highlands, so it goes without saying that I look into the little-known & rarely discussed history of the wainwright, or  wagon builder. Perhaps the original traders focused on one style of wagon – fairly run of the mill – that would take drivers and their cargo from point A to point B, but I would like to imagine that somewhere along the line, there were a couple of truly creative wagon builders who tinkered with the formula and tricked out their designs – I’m thinking hidden storage compartments, beautifully upholstered seats and intricate timber work on the side panels. Whether they fell into the former or latter camp, I love their focus on transportation, and you can imagine that you could say that these traders could be considered early inventors, making minor tweaks to their original wagon for speed, aesthetics or to optimise its design.

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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