How the toboggan gets its curve
Okay, I’m ready for some snow. I was one of nine students who spent most of last weekend indoors at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne building a toboggan. That’s right, just for the joy of it, I built a winter toy made of wood. It felt odd building a toboggan with no snow on the ground. Actually, there was a small patch of snow across the street that we snickered at while posing for a class photo in front of the school.
So, how does the toboggan get its curve? Ash is used because of its beauty, strength, and durability. We used eight foot strips for the toboggan runners. Steaming the wood, for about twenty minutes, allows you to bend and curl it. It cools quickly, and (pretty much) retains its curl. Bending the wood around a mould requires a team effort…and bated breath.
I’m not a woodworker. And other than a woodshop class in high school, I have very little experience other than assembling Adirondack chairs from kits. It was fun, I learned a lot, and next week we’ll take an audio tour of the class during “The 8 o’clock Hour”.
Here’s a link to the Adirondack Folk School’s website: