Woodcraftsman recreates the Huber Light Four using 21 varieties of wood
The crank on Mike’s Light Four. The gears actually work.
Artisan Mike Pray, preparing to crank his Huber Light Four. When the crank is turned, all gears turn, engaging the wheels. The crank handle turns the crankshaft, turning the flywheel. A leather belt turns the fan system; from the flywheel it goes to the transmission, which turns the gears connected to the wheel.
This scale model of a Huber Light Four is hand-crafted from 21 varieties of wood. The model has won accolades at events across Washington.
Checking the Huber’s oil. Mike added a touch of whimsy to his project by staining the end of the dipstick to show that the engine is “full of oil” and safe to start.
A view of the Huber’s operator’s platform. After Mike finished the piece, he built a 1/2-scale model of a 1906 seat-over-engine Mack truck. He drives the truck – loaded with the Huber – in parades.