View Full Version : Welcome to the Wagonsmith's forum gathering place!

01-29-2017, 11:37 AM
:tiphat Welcome, Wagonsmiths! :tiphat

Thanks to our friend Eleda at Triple Mountain for letting Blab know that there are makers of hobby-scale wagons and harness who would like a place to converse, online!

Because some of those who will be participating on this forum may not be familiar with Blab, or with the hobby, I suggest that, if Blab is new to you, to give the FAQs/Rules (http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/faq.php) a scan-through. Especially, please be aware that, while you can mention someone else in the hobby context, we don't share personal information about them here - such as family info and family events, address or email, although you can mention where they live in general. While we often feel like close friends and family, this is the internet, and many eyes are reading without commenting, not all of them known to us.

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If you'd like to share photos in your posted comments we would love to see them! I am hoping we'll have quite a few photos to browse, both to enjoy and to learn. There are several different ways to display photos in your posts ...

- Blab has a photo attachment system (link). (http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/faq.php?faq=imgslinks#faq_attachments) Following links and prompt boxes, you can upload photos to Blab to display in your post. However, Blab has a limit on how may photos it can host, and on the size of the photos. So while it is fine to use the attachments, I encourage one of the other two methods ...

- Or, use your own online photo album (link) for uploading and post a display link on Blab (http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/faq.php?faq=imgslinks#faq_displayphotos). Off-Blab album sites such as Flickr or Photobucket provide a link to individual photos that can be placed in a Blab post ... follow these instructions, it's easy once you know how.

- Or, use an image-link site (link) such as postimage.org. (https://postimage.io/) This is probably the easiest, with the caveat that it is not related to Blab and I know little about it other than that it works. We are advised not to use the "thumbnail" option with this one ... otherwise, it will help resize your image if that needs to be done.

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Do you have a question about how something works on Blab?
Post your question in the Blab Support forum (link). (http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?19-Blab-Support) Members as well as mods are more than happy to offer help!

Here is a link to some basic how-to's for creating and dressing up a post, from the FAQ/Rules. (http://www.modelhorseblab.com/forums/faq.php?faq=imgslinks)

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You may post such offers if you join as a paid member and post them in the Sales Forum (scroll down the main page to find it, or click here).

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We look forward to having wagonsmith discussions, and to seeing your photos of your work!
Welcome!!! :toothy

01-29-2017, 01:07 PM
:dinner Waiting for photos.

01-29-2017, 03:44 PM
Welcome wagonsmiths!

Thanks, Mary, for giving these folks a place to gather and discuss with all of us the history and building techniques for horse-drawn vehicles. It's an art that very few are working in these days, and many of them work quietly in their basements and workshops without a chance to converse with other builders. I hope this forum gives them a chance to discuss with all of us different types of horse-drawn vehicles, share tricks for building at small scales, and mentor others who want to get into this special part of the hobby.

I hope all Blabbers will jump in to offer encouragement to these talented folks. Please remember that most of them do this for fun and do not intend to show, so their building styles may differ from what you'd expect to see at model shows. However, for those that want to get into showing, your feedback will be helpful.

Wagonsmithing is interesting to me personally, since my dad used to build wagons and carriages for my models. I love seeing what others are building, and am very excited about this new forum!

01-29-2017, 03:45 PM
So cool! This is a great idea!

01-29-2017, 04:16 PM
This is very cool idea!! :thumbsup I am glad to see a thread for these. I think there maybe a few folks in Iowa that make these? Can't wait to see lots of pictures! :popcorn

01-29-2017, 07:49 PM
If you can find folks who build wagons, please let them know about this forum on Blab! As far as I know, there are very few builders out there... Less than half a dozen that I've found! Hopefully there are others quietly working away, and we'd love them to have a place to talk wagons with other like-minded folks!

01-30-2017, 02:53 AM
If you can find folks who build wagons, please let them know about this forum on Blab! As far as I know, there are very few builders out there... Less than half a dozen that I've found! Hopefully there are others quietly working away, and we'd love them to have a place to talk wagons with other like-minded folks!

I will. :) I have seen several around here. I remember a lot of them when I was a kid. But, have still seen some recently. I did find this website in my lists. Not sure if they are still active or not. The pictures are fun to look at though!

02-01-2017, 08:00 PM
What a wonderful idea! I've been a driving enthusiast for as long as I've had horses (20+ years now). I've taught my own horses to drive, and have dabbled in making harnesses and carts for the model herd as well. :) It's a fun and challenging hobby, that's for sure! Those are some fantastic set-ups with the drafts!

02-08-2017, 05:56 PM
So cool, love driving and love showing my models in harness. Hope to learn much and see much.

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