Let it snow!

Given that the penultimate post of the year falls on Christmas eve, I’ve been thinking about sleighs. Over on YouTube, Warren has been making a fantastic wooden sleigh. Just a table top version but a lovely build.

Over at Greenfield Woodworking they are doing a full sized
Albany Sleigh restoration. A 2 seater horse drawn sleigh from the late 1800s. Designed by a carriage maker, James Goold from Albany, New York. The sleigh’s graceful curves require steam bending of the wood and Greenfield are building jigs to make the replacement parts for their old sleigh.

Albany Cutter Sleigh at Greenfield Woodworks

Lynn Miller has plans for a “bob sleigh” i.e. a sleigh with two independently moving skids or bobs. There are details in Lynn’s book Art of Working Horses. Thanks to Small Farmer’s Journal for the link.

Another person with sleigh plans is WoodArchivist who’s captured a selection of old magazines with a variety of sleigh plans. There’s some great tips there about bending wood.

So if you get some time over the Christmas break and are snowed in then perhaps you could make your own sleigh?

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