Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mobile Sandbox with Dinosaurs

Jo Isaac wrote, "I know you have a thing for wheelbarrows...this is how we used ours for a few years - mobile sand-box!" (in the Adelaide Hills)

I'm back to add a follow-up:
Funny—Kai saw the picture of the sand-barrow in your blog while I was looking at it, and asked if I could put the sand back in it! It's the first nice day of Spring, so I hosed it down (we'd been using it to haul firewood!) and patched up its holes, and put the sand back in. He played out there for hours—but he's so tall now, he has to stoop down to get in there!
Jo, in Australia

I asked, "Spring starts on the first of the month and not the equinox?"

Jo wrote, "Yes, it's very odd...after growing up in England, I can never get used to it."

Chama, New Mexico

This is the wheelbarrow of Candace Piuma, in Chama, New Mexico.

My sister posted the photos with this note:
Candace Piuma is an amazing gardener & a wonderful artist. Come see her jewelry this week-end at Chama's Studio Tour. She's at Iron Horse Realty across from The High Country.
The High Country (restaurant and bar) is where Irene performs pretty often, with her harmonica-playing friend, Dylan Loman. Irene has worked there for years, landscaping and bookkeeping and sometimes working in the package store.

The wheelbarrow is riveted. I don't think I had seen a riveted wheelbarrow before.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Carboot, Taplow; didn't buy it

Snapped this little wheelbarrow from a puzzle at a carboot in Taplow. I would've liked to have owned it, but left the puzzle there.

Taplow is in "South Bucks" in Buckinghamshire, UK

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In a garden in Bristol, UK

"I thought you might like this picture of the fire we had for Zack's 11th birthday camp in the garden. A use for our old wheel-less wheelbarrow. Works really well - we have toasted marshmallows and roasted chocolate bananas."—Liz Moreland

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Capitan, New Mexico

April 25, 2013, outside a junk shop/antique store in Capitan, New Mexico.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Shakespeare in Love with a wheelbarrow

The same wheelbarrow passed by with a different load in the background of a later scene.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Anachronistic Wheelbarrow

At the fairground at Hollycombe Steam in the Country, East Hampshire, July 21, 2013.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Two cool wheels

Two little wheels! Like the axle from a handcart or a dolly, put on where there used to be one wheel inside the frame maybe?   

Alex Polikowsky took about twenty photos of wheelbarrows at the Olmstead County Free Fair in July, 2013.  Many of them were marked Olmstead County, or Olmstead County Fair.  These three have been modified to have "dualies."  My guess is that someone who works at the fairgrounds liked to do that.

You can tell on the bottom one that it's a regular wheelbarrow frame, modified.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pendarvis historical site's wheelbarrow

Jen Lynch wrote:
Here is another wheelbarrow photo for you. It is from the Pendarvis Historical site in Mineral Point, WI ( It is a wheelbarrow that was used to move lead ore. Feel free to use the pic in any way you choose. I love "collections!" I have hundreds of pics of windows and doors from around the world, and when my daughter was very small she collected dried glue of various sorts. Now wheelbarrows are catching my eye everywhere—thanks for calling them to my attention.

Friday, August 16, 2013

word picture

so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

by William Carlos Williams
Originally published 90 years ago, in 1923, in Spring and All, and titled "XXII", it has since come to be called The Red Wheelbarrow.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The wheelbarrow that belongs to Laura Flynn Endres' Blog

It's a magic transporter wheelbarrow. Click it.

Wheelbarrows on Pinterest

Most of these are flower planters, but there's a lacy little art wheelbarrow, and a cross-stitch pattern.

There is something elegant about wheelbarrows! I've added this link to my "Wheelbarrows Elsewhere" list on the lower right sidebar.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Victorian napkin ring

I tried this the other day, but the image was gone. BETTER:

Image found on eBay August 9, 2013:

From this e-bay listing, the notes were:
This listing is for a wonderful Victorian Period Silverplated figural "Wheelbarrow" napkin ring made by Pairpoint.

The Pairpoint Corp., New Bedford, MA. was established in 1880 as Pairpoint Mfg. Co. and ceased operations in 1958. This napkin ring is in nice Estate condition with no damage or repairs, has not been polished.

Measures 2" high, 3 1/2" long and 1 5/8" wide.

The base is stamped with Pairpoint;s "P" in a diamond trademark and stamped "Pairpoint & Co., Quadruple Plate #146" on the base.

We are currently listing several of these nice Victorian figural napkin rings from the same extensive collection so please check our other great Store items.

(What's below was sent out August 7, but the images were down. I'm not sure how similar they are.)

This antique Victorian figural Wheelbarrow napkin Ring is in very good condition. it features the name Frank on top of the flowered design top and sides. The wheelbarrow is all intact. The ring is slightly out of round.(see photos). The bottom reads:James W Tufts Boston (above the five pointed star). it reads: (below the five pointed star) Warranted Quadruple Plate 1537. The five pointed star has the letter T in the middle, which is the Tufts makers mark. It measures: 2 3/4"H. by 1 1/2"W.

An image of the napkin ring is there. It has intimidating copyright notices. Go and look, though.

The description is here:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Steam-driven ride, and wheelbarrow

Joyce Fetteroll, James Daniel, Adam Daniel and unnamed wheelbarrow.
I say that because in a future post there will be a wheelbarrow from that day at the Hollycombe steam fair that had a name.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

German wheelbarrow, an old one

This photo is from Wikipedia. From its name I learn that the German word for wheelbarrow is "schubkarre." My first thought is "schlep" and "cart." I await the clarification of a German. (I'll try to remember to send a link to Wolfgang Marquardt or Sabine Reichelt after this post is out.)

That wheelbarrow is in an open-air museum in Germany. The image lives here and is linked on wikipedia's Wheelbarrow page.

Deutsch: Schubkarre im Freilichtmuseum Neuhausen ob Eck
English: Wheelbarrow at the Freilichtmuseum Neuhausen ob Eck

Sabine wrote:  ""Schub" comes from "push", and "karre" means "cart", maybe it is because one has to push the cart to get it go. "

Wolfgang wrote:  Schub comes from schieben means Pushing

Monday, August 5, 2013


Talicska is the Hungarian word for wheelbarrow, and here is something they do with them sometimes:

Move up to 1:28, to get to the mysterious action.

This one is easier to understand:

But guess what? It's an thirteen-year-old international event. If your nation isn't participating, consider amending that.

The Wheelbarrow Olympics (in Hungarian Talicskaolimpia) is an international sports event organized annually in Hosszúhetény village in Baranya county, Hungary. The participants compete individually and in teams, in several categories: solo, double, triple, sandwich and in speed and skill exercises.

Foreign participants of the games have been from Croatia, Denmark, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and South Korea. The games are linked with cultural programmes including concerts and dance performances.

But that information was two years ago, and we've missed the 2013 date. Here's the site:
Wheelbarrolympic Games

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

New Wheels

This French company is advertising to dealers. There are pages of wheelbarrows for different purposes. These are from the agricultural page.

The wheels seem very different, and not all the same sort of different.
Click either photo to go to the page with a slide show of others by the same manufacturer, and you can get to their several other pages of wheelbarrows for particular trades.

This first one is elegant and pretty. Not as big and strong as I'm used to, but very attractive:

I think, but I'm not positive, that this one has a single handle. That it stands on two feet and two wheels, but can be pulled with one handle.

I suppose one would need to be a huge company to order any, but it's nice to see what exists in the world.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

French wheelbarrow science and etymology

The French wikipedia page is heavy on physics and the advantage of a larger wheel: (near the bottom there), but it also seems that the French word for wheelbarrow, "brouette", makes it a diminutive of a two-wheeled cart.
Étymologiquement, une brouette est un véhicule à deux roues. Le terme, qui apparaît au xive siècle, serait un diminutif de beroue, lui-même venant du bas latin birota, véhicule à deux roues1.
There is a 13th century mention, in French, cited and quoted on that page, and some 14th.

The illustrations from yesterday might be French. Tomorrow I'll have photos of some modern new wheelbarrows, manufactured in France. Then back to photos I've taken, perhaps.

Here is some (not all) of the scientific examination of how these might work best, from that page (click the image for more):