DOG SLEDGE—Can you give me a description of a dog sledge; how is it built, and what kind of wood is used?
A dog sledge may be any kind of a sled that can be drawn by a team of dogs, and white men building such for their own use, unless living in a country where they are in general use, seldom follow any given plan, but make the sled after their own ideas. But in the parts of the north where they are used considerably we find distinct types of trail sled in use in the various districts, being in all cases built on the lines of those used by the Indian tribes living in those parts, and these patterns are in turn governed by the traveling conditions, such as the general topography, condition of snow, and density of vegetation. For instance, in the Hudson Bay country the toboggan is generally used, as it does not cut into the soft, loose snow like a sledge with runners would. In the same country a sled with runners is used on hard, beaten trails. In the interior of Alaska, where the trails are very rough, the sleds are fitted with “plow handles” behind so that the can be steered by the driver, and helped over chuck holes. Others have a “gee pole” in front, for the same purpose. A description of toboggans and trail sleds is given in Camp and Trail Methods, and the book also gives complete instructions for making a toboggan.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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