Know exactly what you are looking for? We can construct a Traditional Toboggan to suit your specialized needs. Lengths for our traditional oak boards can be 12 feet to 16 feet. Widths can include three board toboggans at 18 inches to four boards at 24 inches.
The length of the toboggan represents the full length of the wood. A 13 foot toboggan makes contact with the ground for roughly 9 feet, with the curl taking up roughly 4 feet.Call our Sled Maker! He always enjoys working with customers to design the perfect toboggan sled!
- About the Traditional Custom
- The Custom Process
- Materials and Dimensions
Historically, woodsmen would boil or steam wooden planks, bending the boards into a makeshift curl to better ride across the frozen north tundras. In those days, simple ancestors of our Winter Essential wood-toboggan were pulled by hand or by dog without anything but coarse woven rope and brute strength. The right amount of bend could greatly reduce travel times allowing for heavier loads, wider trapping territory and better connected communities. It’s in the spirit of that tradition, of simple steam bent wood, that we founded our company. In that way, The Winter Essential might be the most central of all our products. A classic shape, an elegant curve--refined and enhanced over decades of workmanship. The Winter Essential toboggan still offers everything you need for freighting family, firewood or gear through the snow. It's sturdy red oak construction offers only the essentials-- functionality, style, and dependability year after year.
Whether you are using this snow-sled to tow firewood through a blizzard, or for sunny-day winter camping with the family, The Winter Essential toboggan offers the most versatility for the least cost. After the first couple of uses, the bottom will naturally become polished, adapting itself to the land through work and play. With each use, the already slight resistance will become even less noticeable. Regardless of the task at hand or the snow conditions to weather, this toboggan continues to set the standard-- cutting through the woods with easy turns, carrying heavy loads. Nothing more than the essentials.
Here at Northern Toboggan Co we are indebted to generations of craftsmen who came before us. Those early frontiersmen and backwoods innovators developed the versatile toboggan sleds we now replicate with our traditional design which was passed to our craftsman from his mentor. When people first began slow-bending boards and pushing the limit of overland snow travel, they were defining the legacy of the wood toboggan. Today we do our best to continue in that spirit of innovation by keeping our commitment to the individual woodsman and making sure that any toboggan they need can be made available. Our custom options showcase the true value of a small dedicated workshop. With our craftsman’s steady-handed expertise and our commitment to using quality material, there are almost no limits on the possible variations for a basic snow sled.
If you have an idea for a new custom modification or you simply want to test what we are capable of, you should not hesitate to call the Sled Maker. His number is 218.386.3005.
We are more than happy to work with businesses developing new toboggan styles which tailor to particular brands and locations. So long as we are able to maintain our characteristic rugged simplicity, we will continue to push the boundaries of what a toboggan sled can become.
Material and Dimensions:
- Red Oak
- Stainless Steel hardware
- Premier roping - white braided Dacron and a braided polyester for the tan tow rope.
- Overall Length (includes curl) = 93 inches
- Length of Flat = 73 inches
- Width = 16 inches
- Total Weight = approximately 26 lbs.
The Luxury Wooden Toboggan is modeled after our original cargo Traditional Toboggans. These originals have been thoroughly tested through decades of use in the harsh Canadian North. By extending these traditional principles, we created the highest quality downhill toboggan by design, construction, materials, and beauty. It has to be to have our brand. You won't find another toboggan with a story and quality like this.
Carefully building these toboggans for downhill sledding, our Craftsman laminates every wooden toboggan crosspiece in order to withstand decades of repeated twisting. The gradual initial curl allows our downhill sled to ride higher, rather than plow into snowdrifts and in powdery conditions. We have learned from generations of craftsmen and have continued to perfect a natural bending process that allows us to use thicker boards. Constructing toboggans of red oak also provides a beautiful and durable grain perfect for winter snow sleds.