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Above: The complete assembly now sat on the bearings.
With only two persons applying weight to the hubs
the whole assembly would turn quite smoothly on the greased bearings.
 
Above: The assembly crew.
The work was completed in six hours over two evenings.

Above: The spokes which have been under the management of Brian Williams
at the Douglas Steam Saw Mill have just arrived back on the Island
after having been pressure treated at Mike England Timber Co Ltd in Preston
The same company were responsible for sourcing the right material for the spokes.

Above: Each of the 22ft 6 inch spokes will now be moved into the workshop
where they will be left to dry for the next few weeks under ideal conditions.

Above: Carpenter Mike Dobson stacks the spokes in readiness for the
final trimming. The forty spokes plus one spare will be painted over the
next few weeks along with one hundred and forty buckets.
A total of over 5000 sq feet of timber will be painted three times.

Above: PJ and Thurstan start to clear the top of the wheel case
wall for the second concrete bearing plinth.

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