I am not sure where this topic belongs but this was my best guess. I found out late in life that the thing I love best…is building things in full scale and as accurately as I could. I have no formal education in woodworking, or art, or of any other creative nature; it just seems that I was blessed with natural abilities that I didn’t realize I had till late in life - being Mom and raising my four sons was my first priority!
Anyway, the time finally came when I could open my dream box and see if there was anything there that I could build to make just one of my dreams come true. I used to wonder what it was like to actually sit in one of those old mystic horse-drawn carriages. “That” would no longer be just wishful thinking because I did find out! And so the work began: I set about to pick out what I thought would be the most common carriage used in a by-gone era. I selected the “1890’s Brougham” pronounced “brahm.” And btw, I worked strictly from that picture, no kit, no instructions, just sheer determination. I found out the measurements of the wheels as it was mentioned below a pic I found. From that measurement alone, I was able to scale up the rest of it.
Below is a picture of the typical brougham in actual use.
So off to the library I went searching thru a few books till I came across the pic I post here. I quickly made a copy of it, took it home and posted it on the wall of my shop. THAT would be the one I will build, I thought. Actual working copy of that pic, below. Sorry about all the scribbling I did on it; I was just working out the measurements.
Further down are some pics I took during construction; I kept a daily record with photos just like a diary.
She was just beautiful! I hope you enjoy her as much as I did building her.
Edited to add: I used it as part of a Halloween display (love Halloween!) even built the horses that I used to pull her. I kept a diary of her construction so I do have lots of pics of her beginning stages. Often I would write how it went with that day’s work in the diary as well.