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A Cree Shovel and SomeToboggans

jarrod

This past week was a flurry of activity around the shop. I had a few fellows come up to make toboggans. This class is always the first weekend of February.  Bill came early and made a Cree Hunter's shovel before the Toboggan class over the weekend. Please look at the past post on the shovel, and if you have time watch the movie linked, The Cree Hunter's of Misstassini, it is a great movie. The Toboggan class was great fun as well. We bent local white ash that I milled into boards from a friends wind falls and later re-sawed into thin staves/planks for the toboggans. We used copper rivets and clench nails to fasten the cross bars to the staves/planks. I don't have a lot of time to write, as today I'm going to attempt to bend up 8-10 pair of snowshoes for a class this weekend, more on that later. Enjoy the photos.

Using wedges to split out the shovel blank




splitting nice




hewing down to size




more hewing

 
after layout,splitting some of the extra wood off




using an elbow adze to hollow the shovel




fine tuning with carving gouge




proud maker of a shovel




bent up and ready to assemble




view of jig




staves in steam box




Bob using a plane to taper the end




Hide(he-day) setting up to assemble




working hard




Hide using his crooked knife to trim




Bill's long toboggan




nice toboggan's fellas, great work!