We are excited to offer a window into the work that happens on a day to day basis at Frey Carriage Company. We are a full service builder and restorer of horse drawn vehicles. We produce a variety of new vehicles from high tech steel framed cross country vehicles to one of a kind show carriages. With over 15 years in the business of carriage restoration and construction we are a leading source for all things horse drawn. We look forward to sharing detailed information about our trade on this forum.
We are in the early stages of building a large pony sized Skeleton Gig for a Midwest client. Click on any of the photos to enlarge. The construction of this vehicle was started in early April and is progressing nicely. The vehicle will be used as a show carriage at a variety of shows across North America. It is a new original vehicle designed and built by Frey Carriage Company.
This vehicle is a hybrid of sorts. The chassis is a commonly seen platform spring suspension on straight shafts. The front spring mounts are shaped in a traditional loop fashion. The wheels are wood hub with offset spokes and roller bearing boxings.
The character of the floor, toe board, and seat are inspired from an Antique Tandem Cart by one of the master historic coach makers C.P. Kimball of Chicago. The storage box is an original concept and the rear body supports are of traditional lines. So far I think it works pretty well.
I think one of the biggest challenges in carriage design are proportions. Finding that right combination between flow and style is much more challenging than one one might think. Duplicating an antique carriage is one thing. Creating a completely new design is another. But that's still one of the best parts of my job. I'm really looking forward to getting this vehicle a little further along so I can move it outside. I find vehicles look much different outdoors than in the shop.
Thanks for taking the time to read my first post. I look forward to moving the Skeleton Gig into the metal shop tomorrow to start producing the ironwork fittings for the body and frame.
Have a great day!