In 1953 Mike began a 5 year apprenticeship to become a wheelwright with Hansfords of Honiton. He started his own business in 1963 with a large scale timber yard and wheelwright’s shop in Colyton Devon. Since then he has trained 4 people to become wheelwrights, including his son Greg. In 2005 Mike became a Royal Warrant Grantee as a Wheelwright and Coachbuilder to HM Queen and he is passionate about the trade as well as the maintenance of quality within it. He still works full time in the family business, regularly producing new vehicles, along with repairing and making all types of wooden wheels. His vast knowledge and experience makes him an invaluable member of the business and key to helping develop the Company’s apprentice Wheelwright.
He is shown here in 2016 receiving a Wheelwrights’ Master Certificate from the Lord Mayor of London, Lord Mountevans, in recognition of the excellence he has have brought to the wheelwrights’ craft for over 40 years.