If all this has been properly done, you now have made a sled which it will be almost impossible to break; and, with a rope to pull by, one boy can haul snowballs enough for a dozen companions. SNOWBALL WARFARE! 🙂
Picture image only. Copied from an actual Klondike Derby Sled, 12-7-63. Redraw 9-20-66. Drawing reissued for Klondike Sled Derby in conjunction with Winter Festival, 1967. From the Niagara Frontier Council.
This is a picturesque sled and well adapted for winter hikes and overnight camping trips. This sled is not intended for coasting but for hauling equipment only.
This is the type of sled used by the Eastern Arctic Eskimos of Canada. Runners are usually made of spruce, split out of logs or of planks bought from a local trading post. This is a rugged sled, easy to build and well suited for the Klondike Derby. Cross pieces are lashed to runners with 1/8th cotton cord. Eskimos prefer cord to rawhide because their dogs will not chew it.
The Double-Runner, or Bob Sled, as it is frequently called, possesses many advantages over the long sleds formerly used west of the Allegheny Mountains.
In the other books previously mentioned the reader can find plans and descriptions of all sorts of bob-sleds, from one made with flour-barrel runners up to the latest and most improved racing bob-sled. But none of them seem so appropriate as does the following one, made of the rough material from the forest.
Working plans of the Get-There Sled. This free woodworking construction plans and woodworkers projects information is courtesy of the Dan Beard web site.
The Gummer is a hand sled built on the general plans of The Jumper, and it is called a gummer because it is somewhat similar to the ones used by the men known as gummers who live in the forests and make their living by collecting spruce gum for children and sales- ladies to chew.
The jumper is a sleigh made from green wood, cut in the forest for the occasion; hickory saplings furnish the proper material and the denser the forest the taller and straighter the saplings will be.
The sled with high runners looks odd to a Yankee, but it has its advantages when the snow is soft and deep.