DOUGLAS ANDREWS (Master Wheelwright)

On leaving school at 16 in 1989 I went to work as apprentice with David Bysouth (Wheelwright) at Three Cups.  I did a 4 Year apprenticeship through the Rural Development Commission based at Salisbury and attained a City and Guilds in Wheelwrighting.  I like to think that I haven’t stopped learning and have been picking up tricks of this trade and others on my travels ever since.  On David’s retirement in 1997 I went self employed and took over his business, renting the workshop and yard from him and took on Daniel Lambert-Gorwyn as full time employee.   This situation suited all concerned until 2007 when David wished to sell and downsize.  He kindly offered me first refusal on his house and workshop, however this was far beyond my means so I had to think of an alternative or look for a new career!   So not being one to take the easy way out I bought some derelict farm buildings, on the proviso that I would pay the price if I could get change of use planning permission.  Basically to cut 2 years of very hard work short it all got done (with more than a little help from my friends) and that is where we are working from today.


On the 10th February 2014 I was pronounced Master wheelwright by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights in conjunction with the City and Guilds of London Institute, something that I am very proud of.


THOMAS CARROLL (Apprentice Wheelwright)

Thomas is signed up for a 3 year apprenticeship in Bench Joinery at the East Sussex Collage Group and a 3 year apprenticeship in Wheelwrighting organised by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights, jointly funded by the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights and theWorshipful Company of Coach Builders and running under the Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme Ltd.   Thomas found his placement here through a charity called Wealden Works that bridges the gap between education and employment.