To Build A Historic Sled Part IV

Fortunately, I am a nut on traditional sleds and their design, and have been since I was introduced to dog mushing in 1968. Having constructed ten hickory sleds for freighting and long distance racing, I am considered an artisan at the disappearing craft.

Doubly fortunately, an elderly and dear family friend as I was growing up, Alma Preston, had worked for Col. Harry Revell of Seward, Alaska, who held the contract to deliver U. S. Mail over the Iditarod Trail. Alma took many snapshots of the sled dog operation and gathered them into a priceless photo album. Included were numerous shots of the sleds. To one intimate with sled construction, Alma’s pictures detailed enough design features for me to replicate the distinctive Revell sleds.

Alma in Seward, 1916
Alma Ready to Hit the Iditarod Trail
Examining the Century-Old Album

 

Examining the Century-Old Album
Designing the Sleds From Album Photos

 

Designing the Sleds From Album Photos

 

Transferring Sketches to Full-Scale Working Drawings
Transferring Sketches to Full-Scale Working Drawings
My Son Gabriel and I Compare the Size to My 13-Ft.-Long Freight Sled

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